Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner says that safety Earl Thomas has come back even stronger after suffering a broken leg that ended his 2016-17 campaign prematurely, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.
“I think last week I said he came back even stronger than he was before in my opinion, which is scary,” said Wagner.
Thomas was already one of the best defensive backs in the league, having made five straight Pro Bowls from 2011-12 through 2015-16 and garnering three consecutive first-team All-Pro selections from 2012-13 through 2014-15.
“I’m very locked in,” said Thomas himself after logging four total tackles during the Seahawks’ preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
However, the last time Thomas suffered a major injury, the comeback wasn’t so smooth. During the 2014-15 campaign, Thomas sustained a shoulder injury in the NFC Championship Game that required offseason surgery. Upon returning against the St. Louis Rams for Seattle’s regular season-opener the following year, Thomas did not feel right.
“I was very hesitant and that kind of affected my whole game,” he said. “I didn’t play like myself. I played timid. I didn’t really give help where I needed to. I just was out of rhythm.”
The fact that Thomas has gone through rehabilitation before is certainly helping him now.
“I think it was just my first time going through it,” he said of the first time he came back from a serious injury. “You learn from situations like that. That’s why when this injury happened to my leg, I was prepared because I had been there before and I remember how it felt and [how I] thought back then. It’s helping me right now.”