The Seahawks have continued to make deep postseason runs, but with more games in a calendar year comes more risk for injury.
That's what All-Pro safety Earl Thomas is dealing with, as the Seattle's fly-around defender is recovering from surgery from a torn labrum he suffered in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Thomas admitted he will not be ready when training camp opens, but also relayed that he is unsure about his status for Week 1 of the regular season.
"I'm unsure about everything at this point," Thomas told ESPN. "I will find out more when I get back to Seattle on [July] 30th when I take my physical."
The Seahawks open the regular season against the NFC West rival Rams in St. Louis.
The three games that follow are pivotal matchups against NFC North opponents in the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.
Seattle will be tested early on in the 2015-16 season, and will need the services of Thomas to increase their chances of winning.