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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas to be ready for Week 1?

Aug 22, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrates after a 59-yard punt return against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 22, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrates after a 59-yard punt return against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

After a previous report that put Earl Thomas' status in question for the regular-season opener vs. St. Louis, there remains optimism he could be ready for Week 1, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

"The hope for Thomas is to be active after starting the preseason on the PUP list," Rapoport reported on NFL Total Access, "to be active for the third or fourth preseason game, get himself into game shape quickly and be ready for Week 1."

Thomas underwent surgery on his shoulder in February after Super Bowl XLIX, with the recovery timetable expected to be six to eight months.

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For a player that has yet to miss a regular-season game during his five-year career, it would be a surprise to not see Thomas on the field to start 2015.

(h/t Field Gulls)