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For the second time in four seasons Walter Payton Jersey Youth , the Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation.

This one may not end as amicably as the last time.

In an offseason already filled with big name departures, the Seahawks opened camp Thursday without safety Earl Thomas, who is trying to force the hand of the only franchise hes played for in his attempt to get a new contract.

Thomas current deal runs through the end of the upcoming season. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his long-term security and he held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks first practice.

While Thomas teammates seemed to understand what he is doing, coach Pete Carroll seemed less than thrilled to be facing another prolonged holdout.

We always expected him to be here. Thats kind of how it is. He should be here and hes not, Carroll said. Its really about the guys that are here and were going to keep moving and grooving and putting it together. Its unfortunate.

If this feels familiar, its because the Seahawks went down this road before the start of the 2015 season with safety Kam Chancellor. Chancellor unexpectedly decided to hold out as he also sought a new contract even with three years remaining on his deal. Seattle never budged from its position, causing a contrite Chancellor to finally report after the second week of the regular season.

Chancellor eventually got a new contract before the 2017 season.

Thomas may not be as fortunate, especially considering some of his antics late last season indicating he wanted out of Seattle, and one social media post in particular where he asked the Seahawks to trade him if he wasnt getting a new contract.

Were expecting him back. Hes under contract, Carroll said.

Seattles training camp start had a surreal feeling. Carroll was still running around in charge, while Russell Wilson was leading the offense and Bobby Wagner, the defense.

But so many of the familiar faces that defined Seattles roster for the past half-decade were gone. Richard Sherman Aaron Rodgers Jersey , Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham all have new addresses. Chancellor is unlikely to play again due to a neck injury and had to be placed on the reserve/PUP list Thursday as a procedural move due to his contract. Cliff Avril, another standout in recent seasons, was on the sideline as a sports talk radio co-host with his own neck injury clouding his chances of ever playing again.

Hanging over it all is uncertainty about Thomas, the last player still on Seattles roster from the first draft class under Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson were both getting time at free safety with Thomas absent. McDougald is expected to be the replacement for Chancellor at strong safety, but has played both safety positions in the past. Thompson is entering his second season after being a fourth-round pick out of Colorado a year ago.

Right now we cant focus on him. Hes not here. He has our support but weve got to focus on who is here and make sure those guys get right and make sure were doing everything we can for the guys that are here, Wagner said. Ive voiced my support. I understand this is a tough business. Like I said before, its not a business that is necessarily in favor of the players but weve got to focus on what weve got right now.

NOTES: Seattle has injury concerns on the defensive line from the start. DE Dion Jordan has an undisclosed injury and is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list after a career thats been filled with knee issues. DE Frank Clark had surgery on his wrist over the summer and will be limited at the start of camp. Defensive line is one of the big questions for Seattle after losing Avril, Bennett and Sheldon Richardson in the offseason. TE Ed Dickson is starting camp on the non-football injury list due to a groin injury suffered during his offseason workouts, Carroll said. Seattle released DL Malik McDowell and CB DeAndre Elliott. McDowell, a 2017 second-round pick, never played a down for the team following an ATV accident. McDowell was released with a non-football injury designation, while Elliott failed his physical. Seattle claimed TE Kyle Carter off waivers from the New York Giants.

Shaquille ONeal is already known by many names. Superman. The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. But he would like to add another to the list: Movie Star.

In Uncle Drew Rashaan Evans Titans Jersey , which opens Friday, he plays one of the former basketball stars (all of them real pros under heavy old-man makeup) reunited by Kyrie Irvings titular character (first created for a TV ad) to compete in a street-ball tournament at Harlems Rucker Park. Shaqs character, known as Big Fella, is found running a martial arts dojo.

But post-NBA life has been far more successful for the four-time NBA champion. Hes an analyst on TNTs Inside the NBA, a popular pitchman and an active entrepreneur and investor. He has dabbled in everything from professional wrestling to law enforcement. Hes even a voice setting on the Waze navigation app. This summer he will tour under the name DJ Diesel.

Uncle Drew is just one of the projects that the 46-year-old ONeal has going. Among his favorites is a TBS show hes developing with Ken Jeong. Comparing their chemistry to Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, ONeal says it will be `Seinfeld-epic-ish.

In an interview, ONeal spoke about his big plans in Hollywood, why the NBA has gotten soft and where he hopes LeBron James lands this off-season.

AP: What do you miss about playing in the NBA?

ONeal: I miss all of it. I miss interacting with the fans. I miss having the unexpected adrenaline rush, the doubts, the fear, overcoming the fear. I miss everything.

AP: Do you play anymore?

ONeal: No, not at all.

AP: How come?

ONeal: I aint got it. Right now A.J. Green Jersey , Im relinquishing all my powers to my son whos going to UCLA .

AP: Thats a shame. Id love to see you and Charles Barkley play one-on-one.

ONeal: Yeah, Charles would lose.

AP: Your post-NBA career has been uncommonly busy. Why?

ONeal: Seventy percent of all professional athletes have nothing, not even a job, after theyre done. The fact that I couldnt even call a franchise to get an interview to be a coach frightened me. So nothing was simple. Educate yourself, be nice to people and save your money. If you do that, you should be OK.

AP: You have numerous TV shows and films in development. What are your Hollywood aspirations?

ONeal: I want to be as big as Rock.

AP: Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star on the planet. Thats setting a high bar.

ONeal: We come from the same place: athletes that transition. Thats my goal. I want similar type movies. I want to get thrillers. I want to get dramas. I want to do comedies. I want to be the next Rock. I want to do a thriller where Im like a hero and beat up all the bad guys.

AP: Its been 24 years since your big-screen debut, Blue Chips. Do you feel like a veteran actor?

ONeal: Well, I have shot 15 movies. I always tell my friends I shot 15 movies but they say, Yeah, but if you play Shaq in nine of the movies, thats not really acting. I say, You make a good point. Im just happy to have the opportunity.

AP: Favorite movie?

ONeal: Oh Roquan Smith Bears Jersey , Stepbrothers. All day, every day. I know that movie by heart.

AP: What else do you like?

ONeal: I just got done watching Justice League. I thought it was pretty good. But they held Superman out too long.

AP: In vogue in todays NBA are big men who can shoot from the perimeter . Could you have developed a three-point game?

ONeal: No, I would have played the same way. Because you cant score 40 points a night shooting jumpers. Nobody has, nobody will. But you can score 40 points a night shooting 60, 70 percent inside the paint. The fact that guys are shooting jumpers, thats just telling me they dont like physical contact. Shooting jumpers is easy. Anybody can shoot a jumper. But can you bang a guy four of five times and then still have enough to score two points for your team?

AP: You think the league has gotten soft.

ONeal: Of course.

AP: The Lakers are rumored to be a likely landing spot for LeBron James. Do you want that to happen?

ONeal: I just want the Lakers to be like they were back in the day. I want somebody that can beat Golden State. Golden State has turned into madness. The thing that would make me very excited is if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard came to the Lakers. Then youd have problems in the West. Then basketball would be fun again.

AP: Have you ever talked to Kyrie Irving about his flat Earth beliefs ?

ONeal: No, because I said it too. But I was playing.

AP: You were in make-up for four hours a day for Uncle Drew. How did you pass the time?

ONeal: Sleep. When I woke up, it still wasnt done.

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