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Ravens S Thomas respectfully gears up for return to Seattle

Wed Oct 16 4:27pm ET
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

Players: Russell Wilson

In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas (29) intercepts a pass, as Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11), attempts to tackle, during the first half at an NFL football game, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Over the course of nine NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas picked off 28 passes, earned a Super Bowl ring and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times. Those are some of the memories the standout safety will take across the country before he faces former team on Sunday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Over the course of nine NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas picked off 28 passes, earned a Super Bowl ring and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times.

Those are some of the memories the standout safety will take across the country before he faces his former team Sunday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

''They gave me my first shot. I won so many games there, grew up as a young man there,'' Thomas said Wednesday. ''So I'm always going to respect that organization and always going to be a part of it.''

The 30-year-old Thomas started 125 games in Seattle, but his 2018 season began with a training camp holdout and effectively ended when he extended his middle finger toward the Seahawks bench while being carted off the field with a broken leg in Week 4.

Thomas, however, views his exit as the result of the team's desire to save salary cap space while retaining their linebackers.

''I feel like they were kind of trying to phase me out,'' Thomas said.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll has a different take on the circumstances surrounding Thomas' departure.

''I wish he could have played with us and we could have stayed together forever. But it didn't work out that way,'' Carroll said. ''We parted ways. That's it.''

After losing safety Eric Weddle to free agency, the Ravens were delighted to provide Thomas with a four-year, $55 million contract. The deal surprised him, not just monetarily but in who offered it.

''I thought maybe the Cowboys, to be totally honest,'' he recalled. ''I thought that's what the story was looking like until the money got funny.''

And so ended a successful run in Seattle that included seven playoff appearances, two Super Bowl games and a brutish defense nicknamed ''The Legion of Boom.''

''He went on and pursued another opportunity, got a great shot with the Ravens,'' Carroll said. ''Earl was an incredible competitor, and I loved coaching him. I think it will be fun playing against him.''

Seattle's loss has been a boon to the AFC North-leading Ravens (4-2). Thomas already has an interception and 19 tackles in addition to providing leadership in the locker room and on the field.

''He has taken to the whole thing,'' coach John Harbaugh said. ''He believes in what we're doing and how we're doing it, culture-wise and football-wise. I love being around him. I love his demeanor. I love his desire to be great, and I think it's rubbing off on the guys.''

Thomas has no idea what to expect from Seattle fans who cheered for him for the better part of the past decade.

''I thought about it late at night,'' he said. ''Hopefully they respect what I've done and I get a couple of cheers, not too many boos. Whatever happens, happens. But hopefully it's love.''

Thomas said he's feeling ''no emotions yet'' but can't guarantee it will stay that way when he walks into the stadium he used to call home.

''Maybe when I get to the visiting locker room and see how that feels, maybe it will add something to it,'' he said. ''But other than that, it's business as usual. I'm going out there to compete, make plays and try to help us win.''

Understanding that this game has to be meaningful for Thomas, Harbaugh made the newcomer one of the team captains on Sunday.

''I'm sure that he's excited and looking forward to it,'' Harbaugh said. ''He's got a lot of friends there and the fan base there, I think for anybody it would be a meaningful thing.''

Thomas will be part of an ever-changing secondary that is without injured starters Tony Jefferson, DeShon Elliott, Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith. Baltimore traded for two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters on Tuesday and signed safety Bennett Jackson from the New York Jets practice squad.

Both expect to be used Sunday against the Seahawks (5-1), who have the league's eighth-ranked pass offense behind quarterback Russell Wilson. Peters was expected to join the team on Thursday.

''To me, he's one of the top corners in the league,'' Harbaugh said of Peters. ''He fits in real well and gives us another weapon back there.''

Player Notes
Kenyan Drake Nov 11 10:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was benched by head coach Kliff Kingsbury in the Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in favor of RB Kenyan Drake. Johnson lost a fumble in the third quarter and Kingsbury like what he saw from Drake. 'We just felt like with Drake, needed to get something going and kept him rolling,' Kingsbury said Monday, Nov. 11. 'The last couple weeks, practices, games (he) has brought a little pop to the run game, the pass game, and we felt like he was the guy to try and close the game out with.'

Fantasy Spin: Kingsbury added that the decision was his and had nothing to do with Johnson's recent rash of injuries. He said he'll figure out the best role for both Johnson and Drake over the next few weeks. It's bad news for Johnson's fantasy owners, as he already has struggled to live up to his early-round draft status.

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Chase Edmonds Nov 11 10:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) has missed the past two games, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he is uncertain for Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers. 'I would expect him hopefully in the near future,' Kingsbury said.

Fantasy Spin: Edmonds will return to the crowded backfield with Kenyan Drake and David Johnson both considered the top two backs. He had his chance to shine in New York when Johnson was hurt and Drake not yet on the team, but he was injured and will now return to a logjam with minimal fantasy appeal.

From TheHuddle

Emmanuel Sanders Nov 11 10:13pm ET

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) will not return for the Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to an injury suffered to his ribs in the first half.

Fantasy Spin: With Sanders on the shelf it will be Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel expected to pick up the slack in the pass game among the tight ends, especially with leading receiver TE George Kittle also inactive.

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D.J. Jones Nov 11 10:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones (groin) has been ruled out for the rest of the Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, Nov. 11 after suffering a groin injury in the first half.

From TheHuddle

Luke Willson Nov 11 10:03pm ET

Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he will not return.

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Emmanuel Sanders Nov 11 9:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) suffered an apparent injury to his right rib cage area in the first half of the Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He pulled up on a route and was seen grabbing at the area during the telecast before leaving for the locker room. Sanders is questionable to return.

Fantasy Spin: It's a shame for Sanders and the 49ers, who just acquired him. Kendrick Bourne and Deebo Samuel should see more targets among the wideouts.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Jones Nov 11 9:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones (groin) left the Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half due to a groin injury and he is questionable to return.

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Emmanuel Ogbah Nov 11 8:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs DE Emmanuel Ogbah (pectoral) is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in Week 10, according to a source.

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Patrick Peterson Nov 11 8:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (calf) is considered day-to-day because of the calf injury he suffered in Week 10.

From TheHuddle

Brandin Cooks Nov 11 8:33pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) will not be able to play in the Week 11 game.

Fantasy Spin: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds will continue to be the top three receivers for the Rams. Woods and Kupp are must-start options in fantasy leagues, but Reynolds could be benched if fantasy players have better options available.

From TheHuddle

Trae Waynes Nov 11 8:23pm ET

Minnesota Vikings CB Trae Waynes (ankle) is expected to be available for the Week 11 game after he was inactive for Week 10.

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Justin Ellis Nov 11 8:13pm ET

Free-agent DTs Carl Davis (Colts), David Parry (Patriots) and Justin Ellis (Raiders) worked out for the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 11.

From TheHuddle

Tanner Lee Nov 11 7:53pm ET

Free-agent QB Tanner Lee (Jaguars), WR JJ Nelson (Raiders), OG Larry Allen Jr. (Chargers), PK Elliott Fry (Ravens) and P Kaare Vedvik (Jets) were among the players that worked out for the New York Giants Monday, Nov. 11.

From TheHuddle

Austin Hooper Nov 11 7:43pm ET

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and will miss some time. He is scheduled to receive a second opinion on the injury to determine how much time he will miss.

Fantasy Spin: Hooper has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season, so fantasy players should monitor the situation to see when he may be able to return. Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham will see more playing time, but neither players should be fantasy options.

From TheHuddle

Devonta Freeman Nov 11 7:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) may be sidelined for two weeks because of the foot sprain he suffered during the Week 10 game, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: It seems like Freeman will miss at least one game because of the injury, but fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. Brian Hill will receive most of the work while Freeman is sidelined and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option.

From TheHuddle

Raheem Mostert Nov 11 7:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.

Fantasy Spin: Mostert is coming off a disappointing Week 10 performance and probably will only see a handful of touches this week. He can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Josh Gordon Nov 11 7:13pm ET

Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has been with the Seahawks for a little over a week, so he may see limited snaps this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy players probably should see him play in a game before considering him as a starting option.

From TheHuddle

Robbie Gould Nov 11 7:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.

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Marquel Lee Nov 11 6:53pm ET

Oakland Raiders LB Marquel Lee (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 11. He is currently on the Reserve/Injured list.

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