What broken tibia?

Earl Thomas III is back in his element with his teammates in Renton, Wash. for OTAs, and he’s already impressed his head coach.

“Today we took it easy just to make sure we finish this week out on the field, but he did the early work, and probably the guy that jumped out the most to me of all guys was Earl,” Carroll said. “His ability when he came into work on Tuesday, he was able to get a lot of reps and he was working at top speed and he was really fired up about it, too, because he wasn’t quite sure himself how far he could go, so he’s making good progress. There will be no question about him being ready to go when we get back to (training) camp.”


That’s right—roughly six months after breaking his tibia in a Dec. 4 win over the Carolina Panthers, Earl is back running at full speed.

No. 29 has been working his tail off to return from the devastating season-ending injury, as ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia recently detailed.

“If I can put any kind of Vegas bet right now, then I want to go ahead and put it in for Earl Thomas to be the Comeback Player of the Year,” said Earl’s trainer, Jeremy Hills. “The boy is motivated in a way that I just haven’t seen. Not saying that he hasn’t been motivated, but this is a new level that I haven’t seen. So I’m excited to see what’s next for him.”

There’s no questioning ETIII’s motivation. The Texas Longhorn is ready to show why he’s still the best safety in the NFL and one of the greatest of all time at his position.