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Seahawks’ Earl Thomas preparing for a completely healthy Aaron Rodgers

Seattle safety knows he can’t let himself think Green Bay quarterback won’t be a full strength


Seattle Times staff reporters

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As an avid watcher of ESPN during his free time, Earl Thomas knows all about the drama and mystery surrounding the injured left calf of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

It’s impossible not to know about it. In the days leading up to Green Bay’s 26-21 victory over Dallas last Sunday, the state of Rodgers’ leg and how it might affect him and the Packers’ potent offense was discussed, dissected and analyzed to the point of overkill.

Following the victory, Rodgers’ calf once again was the lead story as the quarterback threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns despite the injury. While it was obvious at times that the leg was bothering Rodgers, Thomas said he doubts it will be an issue Sunday.

“I think he’s going to find a way to protect himself, but we’ve really got to know that, too,” Thomas said. “Obviously, I think with him, you have to blast him on the deep balls. And I’m not buying into this leg issue.”

You aren’t?

“I’m not buying into it,” he said. “I saw him scramble close to the goal line on the Cowboys, so he’s not fooling me with that.”

It was pointed out to Thomas that Rodgers wasn’t scrambling quite like his normal self against the Cowboys and that there were times where he was obviously favoring the leg.

Thomas would have none of that talk.

“I’m not falling into that,” he said. “I’m on my own road regardless.”

In a way, it’s logical thinking. To presume and prepare for a Rodgers who is anything less than his MVP-level self would be a foolish flirtation with failure. Why put limits on a quarterback who seems to have none?

Kam Chancellor couldn’t help but chuckle a little when he was told what Thomas had said about refusing to believe Rodgers was truly injured.

“And that’s the mentality you’ve got to have,” Chancellor said.

Secondary tickets

The price of purchasing tickets on the secondary market for the NFC title game Sunday is running a little bit behind last year, according to figures from TiqIQ.com.

It’s a trend Bloomberg News noted earlier, declaring that because the prices are not as high this season as last, Seahawks fans therefore have “fatigue.”

But it might be a little more complicated than that, according to local ticket brokers. Fans of the 49ers bought more tickets than Green Bay fans appear to be buying. It’s a lot easier to get to Seattle from San Francisco than Green Bay on a week’s notice.

TiqIQ.com reported Thursday morning that the current average price for the Seattle-Green Bay game is $632.32 and the lowest price for a seat is $316.

And it’s worth noting these prices fluctuate throughout the day and also from website to website.

Healthy report

The Seahawks couldn’t ask for a better injury report Thursday.

Simply put, everybody on the 53-man roster was a full participant, meaning at the moment, everybody should be available to go.

That includes players who sat out Wednesday, notably defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (shoulder) and offensive tackle Justin Britt (knee).



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