The Seattle Seahawks expect Earl Thomas to resume his playing career next season despite openly talking about contemplating retirement following his season-ending broken tibia.

“Absolutely. He loves to play this game, there’s no doubt," said defensive coordinator Kris Richard. "Of course we’re all disappointed. I know he is. He’s not getting a chance to do what he loves to do. I certainly hope so because the game is better with him out there playing.”

Pete Carroll and teammate Richard Sherman on Wednesday also each said they expect Thomas back in 2017.