At his press conference Friday, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Thomas missed practice due to a "personal issue" and his status for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys is in question. Rumors have swirled throughout the offseason and into the regular season of Thomas being traded to the Cowboys to bolster the defense.
It was a bad day for the Cowboys' starting running back. "But I don't want that to be taken the wrong way - I know I'll get fined". He was in every step of the way, every aspect of the game, the communications and the focus and the adjustments, and I was with him on some of those things on the sidelines.
Thomas is in the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal and is said to be frustrated by the team's prioritization of new deals for Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett ahead of his. The team played from behind for most of the game.
Carson was on this list last week, and makes a return in Week 3. In doing so, Thomas provided yet another reminder that he's the Seahawks' most important defensive player, a transcendent talent that they likely won't be able to replace if they do decide to move on from him - during or after the season. Running back Chris Carson added 99 yards and a touchdown himself.
The rookie tight end has made an early impact with 147 yards and two touchdowns so far this year. He and strong safety Bradley McDougald are two of the five highest-graded safeties through two weeks, and the only pair from the list who are on the same team.