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Seahawks waive Simeon Thomas, presumably to make room for Earl Thomas

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NFL: Cleveland Browns-Training Camp Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks made a huge decision on Friday night that will see a departure in the secondary.

They waived Thomas.

Simeon Thomas, that is.

The former Cleveland Browns cornerback, chosen in the sixth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, was claimed off waivers by the Seahawks last Sunday, one day after the cut-down from 90 to 53 players.

This leaves the Seahawks with 52 players on the active roster. Seattle has one open spot, which paves the way for Earl Thomas to be activated in time for the team’s regular season opener against the Denver Broncos.

NFL rules state that the Seahawks must active ETIII by 1 PM PT on Saturday in order for him to be eligible to play on Sunday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Earl is a game-day decision as far as whether or not he’ll be on the field for Week 1. In other words, even if Earl ends up not playing anyway, expect that 53rd spot to be his.

Seattle was able to get a roster exemption for Thomas to practice this week, meaning he didn’t count against the 53-man roster when he ended his holdout. Obviously someone had to go once Earl was back, and unfortunately for Simeon Thomas, it looks to be him.