Dion Jordan to debut against Cardinals, Earl Thomas doubtful

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Miami Dolphins v Detroit Lions

RENTON -- Defensive end Dion Jordan will make his Seahawks debut Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Safety Earl Thomas is likely to miss his second straight game with a hamstring strain and is doubtful to play.

Jordan hasn't played a regular season game since the end of the 2014 season. Three suspensions for performance-enhancing drug violations wiped out his entire 2015 season before he was conditionally reinstated last year for the Miami Dolphins. However, knee injuries kept Jordan from playing and have sidelined him ever since.

"We're excited to see him play for his first time," head coach Pete Carroll said.

Jordan was released by the Dolphins in March due to a failed physical. He signed with the Seahawks in April and had two more surgeries on his knee since joining the team. He was placed on the non-football injury list to start training camp before returning to practice two weeks ago.

"He's going to play. We're going to play him. We're anxious to see him. He's practiced very well. He's in great shape so we'll see how he does and look forward to not overloading him play wise but just get him some play time and start building him back into it and see where he fits."

To make room for Jordan on the roster, the Seahawks are placing tackle Rees Odhiambo on injured reserve.

Carroll said Odhiambo needs surgery on both hands due to injuries that have become untenable moving forward.

"He's got to have surgery on both hands," Carroll said. "He's been playing with some fingers that just need some work. ... His fingers are busted up. He's got two dislocations that aren't going back properly and a broken finger too."

Exactly when, and how, Odhiambo sustained the injuries is uncertain. He never appeared on an injury report with finger/hand issues until this week, which followed a game he was inactive for and three limited contact walkthrough practices.

Thomas did not practice this week as his strained hamstring continues to keep him sidelined. 

"Because of the severity of the strain it's taking some time," Carroll said. "We're not able to get him to practice yet."

Defensive end Marcus Smith (concussion), running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) and guard Luke Joeckel (knee) were each ruled out for the game.

Both defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (oblique) and wide receiver Paul Richardson (groin) are expected to be able to play.

Paul Richardson was eased through practice this week as his groin tightened up on him. Carroll said they were counting on Sheldon Richardson to play as well.

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Photo Credit: DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 09: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions tries to avoid the tackle by Dion Jordan #95 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at Ford Field on November 09, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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