Earl Thomas expected to return this week

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) goes in for a touchdown after a reception as Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, left, attempts a tackle in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seahawks lost Richard Sherman for the year but are expected to have Earl Thomas back this week ahead of their Nov. 20 showdown with the Atlanta Falcons.

Thomas suffered a strained hamstring on Oct. 29 against the Houston Texans and missed the following two games. Coach Pete Carroll, speaking on 710 ESPN Seattle radio Monday morning, said the free safety "should be back" this week.

Carroll also said Thomas could have potentially played at Arizona if he had the opportunity to practice beforehand. Seattle (6-3) had a quick turnaround after losing to Washington on Nov. 5, traveling to Arizona just three days later with only a few non-contact practices inbetween.

Thomas' presence would help ease the worries of the secondary that is now without its top cornerback in Sherman, who Carroll said will have surgery this week to repair his ruptured Achilles, sustained Thursday night.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor suffered a stinger in Thursday's game and his status is uncertain, Carroll said. Chancellor played 81 defensive snaps Thursday, combined for 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

Left tackle Duane Brown suffered a right ankle sprain Thursday but has since intimated that he'll be able to play against the Falcons. Carroll is hopeful Brown practices this week. Brown played 52 percent of the offensive snaps before exiting the game, being replaced by Matt Tobin, who will presumably start if Brown can't play.

Running back C.J. Prosise also has a sprained ankle and Carroll doesn't know what that means for the third-down back going forward.

With Sherman out of the lineup, Seattle will continue to use Jeremy Lane, Shaquill Griffin and Justin Coleman as its cornerbacks. Carroll said they plan to work out potential additions this week -- former Seahawks Byron Maxwell and Trovon Reed are the names being floated around -- but those tryouts haven't happened yet.

The other cornerbacks on the payroll are rookie Mike Tyson (practice squad), Akeem King (practice squad), Neiko Thorpe (primarily special teams) and DeShawn Shead, still recovering from ACL injury suffered last season.

"He's at a bit of plateau," Carroll said of Shead, adding that he's "not quite back fully yet." At this time there doesn't seem to be a clear timetable for his return. is a KOMO News partner. You can read this story at here.

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