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Thomas’ contentious holdout from the Seattle Seahawks continued on Monday,
meaning the questions about their mostly unproven secondary remain the same on
the cusp of the regular season beginning.

The position group that’s been the most recognizable on the Seahawks’ roster
will be markedly different when they take the field in Denver on Sunday.

Richard Sherman is in San Francisco. Kam Chancellor won’t play this year
because of last season’s neck injury that likely will end his career. Thomas is
away while unhappy with his contract situation, and Byron Maxwell, the last of
Seattle’s veterans that was around during training camp, was placed on
season-ending injured reserve.

That will leave Shaquill Griffin and Dontae Johnson as the expected starting
cornerbacks, and Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDougald as the likely starting
safeties for the opener.

And while that collection has talent and could end up being very good for
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for most non-Seahawks fans it may draw a collective, “Who?”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll seemed to answer the biggest lingering question by
saying Thompson is expected to be ready to start at free safety. Thompson had
been the starter for most of training camp, but suffered a shoulder stringer and
rib injury in the third preseason game against Minnesota and sat out the final
week of the preseason.

“He practiced today a little on a limited basis but he is ready to go,”
Carroll said.

Johnson’s action in the preseason was also limited. He played only the final
two weeks, but Seattle saw enough to feel comfortable with him as the expected
starter. Their decision was made easier when Maxwell couldn’t get healthy.

“He was banged up for a while and really didn’t have a chance to show it but
once he did he’s showed us he has picked everything up, he has bought into the
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consistent. He’s a big, good-looking kid out there, really on the spot, and has
given us the confidence to go ahead and put him where we have.”

Seattle’s cornerback depth could be a concern if there’s another injury.
Rookie Tre Flowers has impressed during training camp but is making the switch
from safety. Nickel cornerback Justin Coleman has proven to be a smart
acquisition before the start of last season but plays a specialized
position.

Seattle did address some of its safety depth by acquiring Shalom Luani from
Oakland for a seventh-round pick over the weekend. And perhaps there’s a glimmer
of hope regarding Thomas. Asked Monday if there had been any additional contact
with Thomas, Carroll said there was “nothing to report,” which was a minor
upgrade from his blanket “no” the last time he was asked about his missing
safety.

CUT DAY: Two of the notable moves Seattle made to reach the 53-man roster
limit were placing tight end Ed Dickson on the non-football injury list and
activating defensive end Dion Jordan from the physically unable to perform
list.

Carroll said he’s not ruling out the idea of Jordan playing against the
Broncos even though this is his first week of practice. Whenever Jordan returns
it’ll be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush.

“He’s close. We’ll see. I’m not going to be opposed to playing him this
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Dickson missed all of training camp with a variety of leg muscle injuries.
Carroll said there were three different issues that kept Dickson out, but the
time he’s required to be out by being on the NFI list should allow him to get
healthy and contribute later in the season.

NOTES: Seattle placed RB J.D. McKissic on injured reserve Monday and claimed
linebacker Jermaine Grace off waivers. McKissic has been out following foot
surgery, but by being placed on injured reserve after the 53-man roster was set,
he can be activated following the eighth game of the season. Grace, who was in
camp with Cleveland, was waived by the Browns on Sunday and gives Seattle depth
at weak-side linebacker with K.J. Wright still recovering from knee surgery last
week.

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed safety Derwin James Brandon
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The Chargers announced the four-year deal Friday.

James was the 17th overall pick during the draft in April. The Florida State
defensive back was among the highest-rated defensive players in the selection
field, but he surprisingly slipped into the second half of the first round,
where the Chargers eagerly grabbed him.

James has lined up largely as a strong safety so far in the Chargers’
offseason workouts, but coach Anthony Lynn views James as a versatile talent who
could fill several roles on the Bolts’ defense.

James was the final players in the Chargers’ seven-man draft class to sign
his rookie contract.

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