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Injured Legion of Boom members unworried

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The two All-Pros in the Legion of Boom promise they'll be ready and "fearless" for the Super Bowl.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas (separated left shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (left elbow) are damaged goods, suffering injuries in the NFC championship overtime victory against Green Bay. On Sunday, they showed little to no concern about how they will feel - and perform - against the New England Patriots.

"If my mental is right, my body just mirrors that," said Thomas, who returned to practice Friday. "It's a lot to deal with, my first major injury. I got the big picture.

"When I come alive nothing is limited. I can still play fearless and throw my body around and whatever happens, happens."

Pretty much what Sherman had to say, too, when the Seahawks arrived in Phoenix.

"It's getting better," Sherman said of the elbow. "I had a good week of practice so it should be good. I've been able to move it a lot better than I did earlier."

Seattle's superb secondary is aggressive, deep and versatile, with strong safety Kam Chancellor a perfect complement to the All-Pros, and Byron Maxwell solid on the corner opposite Sherman. That unit often gives the Seahawks an edge against opponents, and this opponent, particularly Tom Brady throwing to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, is as dangerous as they come.

"They are the only team in our way. They are definitely dangerous," Thomas said. "Tom is a general. He understands the game so well. His pocket presence is smooth. He doesn't predetermine too much. He kind of flows with the game and that is why he has been so great."

Sherman and Thomas have been that, too, in the past two seasons. Perhaps only New England's Darrelle Revis can match Sherman as a cover cornerback, and Thomas is, by far, the most well-rounded safety in the league.

Of course, that's when they are at or near full-strength. Will they be on Sunday?

Coach Pete Carroll is confident they will be, well, boomers.

"Richard practiced in all the practices and he looks to be fine," Carroll said. "He still has an elbow to take care of, but he's practiced well. Earl practiced (Saturday), the day before and got the last day of practice in and looked fine. Both those guys are scheduled to play and should be OK. They have to deal with their issues, but they'll be playing in the football game."

Thomas is certain they will be playing as effectively as ever.

"We can do whatever we want to do if we are all together," Thomas said. "We haven't lost sight of the same mindset that got us here. No matter what misdirection we may give off. We still know who we are."

The Seahawks also know the Patriots are no slouches in the secondary, either. Revis is an All-Pro, Devin McCourty is solid, and former Seahawk Brandon Browner starts at cornerback opposite Revis.

Jermaine Kearse, who caught the winning touchdown passes from Russell Wilson in the last two NFC title games, knows just what he and the Seattle receivers will face.

"It's going to be exciting to go against BB, especially in a game like this," Kearse said. "Going against him last year in practice with stuff, he's a real competitive guy and I feel like our guys are extremely competitive as well, so I think we will be looking forward to the matchup.

Check out the Seahawks' path to the Super Bowl:

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2014 Seahawks Season
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Injured Legion of Boom members unworried

Week 4: Bye Week
​Record: 2-1

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks adjusts his helmet against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on September 21, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images

Week 9: Seahawks vs Raiders, 30-24 win
​Record: 5-3

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends against Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on November 2, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 12: Seahawks vs Cardinals, 19-3 win
Record: 7-4

Quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 23, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-3.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 13: Seahawks at 49ers, 19-3 win
​Record: 8-4

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks escapes the reach of defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie #63 of the San Francisco 49ers late in the fourth quarter on November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Seahawks won 19-3.

Photo Credit: Brian Bahr, Getty Images

Week 17: Seahawks vs Rams, 20-6 win
​Record: 12-4

Running back Benny Cunningham #36 of the St. Louis Rams fumbles the ball across the goal line and out of bounds for a Seahawks touchback as free safety Earl Thomas #29 and cornerback Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks close in during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

NFC Divisional Round: Seahawks vs Panthers, 31-17 win
Advance to Conference Championship

DeShawn Shead #35 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

NFC Championship: Seahawks vs Packers, 28-22 win
Advance to Super Bowl XLIX

Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen, Getty Images

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