Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at Leighton Vander Esch Jersey practice on Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com , according to coach Pete Carroll.Carroll left open the possibility that the issue — that he wouldn't detail — could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the team's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys."He couldn't work today," Carroll said. "... We'll see how he's doing. Make sure he's OK."Thomas did not take part in practice on Wednesday either and was listed on the team's injury report as being out for non-injury reasons. He returned to practice on Thursday before missing the team's final practice of the week on Friday.Carroll confirmed that his absence had nothing to do with an injury."He's got some other stuff going on we're working on," Carroll said.Thomas held out from all offseason work with the Seahawks in hopes of getting a new contract from the Seahawks. The move did not succeed despite Thomas' efforts and he reported to the team before the start of the regular season. The possibility of a trade has persisted, though nothing has apparently been deemed sufficient for Seattle to deal him at this point.If Thomas didn't play against Dallas, Tedric Thompson would serve as the replacement at free safety.Meanwhile, left guard Ethan Pocic was ruled out because of an ankle injury sustained last Monday against the Chicago Bears. Center Justin Britt was also listed as questionable because of a right shoulder injury that occurred chasing Russell Wilson's fumble."Just out in space he was running open area and he turned his ankle and it just flared up," Carroll said of Pocic. "We're surprised (with) how it looked that it didn't respond. He's certainly got something we found on the MRI and all that so we've got to take care of him."Carroll said Britt has progressed through the week and will be a game-time decision against Dallas."He's feeling way better," Carroll said. "Didn't get the work this week though. He's been out there with us a long time and he knows what's going on so he could play on Sunday in this instance."D.J. Fluker is returning to the lineup at right guard after missing the first two regular-season games with a hamstring injury. Fluker's return allows J.R. Sweezy to make his first start at left guard in place of Pocic. Sweezy has started 65 games over seven seasons in the NFL, but all have come at right guard.Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and linebacker K.J. Wright have also been ruled out because of knee injuries. In most Cowboys games, it becomes obvious within the first five or 10 minutes of the game whether they have a good chance to win.It becomes obvious because the Cowboys essentially have one plan for victory. It revolves around being physical on both sides of the ball, with the defense shutting down the opposing offense and the offense creating openings for running back Ezekiel Elliott and, in turn, opportunities for quarterback Dak Prescott in the passing game. If Plan A doesn’t work Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt , there’s no Plan B.On Thursday night, it felt like Plan A was working but not well enough to fend off the inevitable flurry of points from the Saints. But thanks to a defense that stifled the Saints like no team has stifled the Saints all year, the flurry of points never came.That’s the most amazing aspect of the first game of Week 13: The Cowboys found a way to shut down one of the most dangerous offenses in football, proving yet again that a proven formula for January success can work in November, boosting the Cowboys’ prospects for getting to the NFC title game for the first time since 1995 and derailing the presumption that the recently-dominant Saints would roll to the Super Bowl.The Saints may still get there, but it no longer feels like it’s destined to happen. Which is great news for the NFL.In lieu of the Saints continuing to run roughshod over any and all opponents (but for the Bucs in Week One and, almost, the Browns in Week Two), they now seem fallible and beatable, again. While that may not last, it creates an opening for other NFC teams to believe that the Saints (and, in turn, the Rams and Chiefs) can indeed be taken down under the right circumstances.Ultimately Dallas Cowboys Hats , that sets the table for what could be a memorable postseason, with Dallas and Seattle and Chicago and perhaps Minnesota perhaps finding a way to go toe to toe with the Saints or the Rams and make the NFC much more wide open than it recently seemed to be. The same could also be said of the AFC, where a physical approach founded on a stout defense and a punishing running game could derail the Chiefs or the Patriots, giving more teams a plausible shot at qualifying for the Super Bowl.In the end, it still may be Chiefs-Rams or Patriots-Saints or some other combination of the four teams that have been running at the front of the pack. Thursday night’s game suddenly makes it feel like less of a sure thing, reminding everyone that before those Chiefs-Pats and Rams-Saints rematches can happen in the conference championship games, a potentially memorable quartet of division-round matchups could turn the top of the playoff tree on its head.This vibe could disappear as quickly as it arrived, but if nothing else tonight’s game should resonate into the single-elimination round as a reminder that nothing is guaranteed to any team. Which in turn sets the stage for a wide-open postseason, with any team that qualifies potentially advancing from one round to the next.If nothing else, the stunning turnaround authored by the Cowboys over the past four games suggests that other teams could do the same thing, peaking at the right time and finding a path through a maze of “better” team en route to a winner-take-all shot at the 53rd Super Bowl title. Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys
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