Seahawks All Pro safety Earl Thomas had/will have surgery on his torn shoulder labrum Tuesday, reports ESPN's Ed Werder, and as Werder reports, the expected recovery time for that is 6-8 months. A six month rehab puts Thomas right into training camp and preseason, and as a league source told the Everett Herald's John Boyle back on February 5th, when the 6-8 month timetable was first posited, Earl "will be good to go when needed for next year... Never missed a game. Will not change."
Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune echoed that sentiment today when he tweeted that Earl's "never missed an NFL game. Don't expect him to now."
Both Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said last week at the NFL Combine they expect Thomas to be ready for the regular season. "It's a normal procedure, so he should do well," Schneider said. "We are going to monitor him and make sure we do what's best for the long term. He is going to be fighting and scratching to be out there as soon as he can but we just don't know where we will be."
Right now, my opinion (I'm not a doctor but I literally stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last week) is that Earl will be on the final legs of his recovery by the time the preseason rolls around and he'll be in a good enough shape to return once the season starts. For now, I'm not freaking out.