Earl Thomas Breaks Bone In Leg

One of the cornerstones of the best era in Seahawks history, Earl Thomas might miss the franchise’s latest run at a Super Bowl.

The veteran safety suffered a broken bone in his leg during the first half Sunday night and is out indefinitely, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

This game has been so good to me no regrets.. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers,” the seventh-year defender tweeted from the locker room.

It’s a lower leg fracture, the team announced. Pete Carroll told NBC’s Michele Tafoya Thomas sustained a cracked tibia. Both categorizations put the rest of his season in serious jeopardy. Thomas had gone six full seasons without missing a game; his first absence as an NFLer came last weekend against the Bucs with a hamstring injury.

Thomas and Kam Chancellor collided on a play that nearly featured an acrobatic Thomas interception of Cam Newton. Instead, it changes Seattle’s defense.

Arguably the centerpiece of a Seahawks defense that’s been one of this century’s best units during its run over the past several seasons, Thomas is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro. He signed a four-year, $40MM extension with the Seahawks in the 2014 offseason and is under contract through 2018.

It’s difficult to project the Seahawks’ defense without Thomas since he’s been a constant since it became a force several years ago. The trio of Thomas, Richard Sherman and Chancellor which has remained intact throughout this ascent has not missed many games. Of the trio, Chancellor’s been the only one with injury issues, missing eight games due to injury over the past two years. Up until tonight, none had experienced a serious malady as an NFL player.

The 27-year-old free safety rates as Pro Football Focus’ No. 11 back-line defender this season, but he’s been one of this decade’s best defenders. Seattle’s consistently churned out ancillary secondary pieces — like Byron Maxwell, Brandon Browner, or Jeremy Lane — but don’t have much experience using backup safeties. Former Chiefs backup Kelcie McCray and ex-Texan Steven Terrell are the Hawks’ primary understudies behind Thomas.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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13 comments on “Earl Thomas Breaks Bone In Leg

  1. MiamiPhins34

    Lol. One injury and he talks retirement.

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    • yanksknicks

      Easy to say when you aren’t the one in pain

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    • 24TheKid

      It’s true tho.

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      • TheMichigan

        He’s had a few concussions in his time no doubt. Football is not a healthy sport to play. Their brains can barely take the little hits they suffer each play, let alone a helmet to helmet collision.

        CTE is a real thing no matter how much the NFL wants/doesn’t want to admit it.

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        • 24TheKid

          He missed his first game in his 6 year career last week so maybe we’re taking about different players. It was Rawls that went out for the concussion but came back in.

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          • TheMichigan

            I’m talking about high school and college too

            Players also suffer from minor concussions that they can recover from in a week, and they go unreported.

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      • gmflores27

        Hey 24

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        • 24TheKid

          Yeah?

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    • Afisher0227

      It’s a very serious injury. I was at the game and watched both the injury and aftermath and it wasn’t pretty. He may not be able to play at the level he has again

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    • get yourself a fractured bone almost sticking out of the skin and get back to us tough guy.
      The Miami Dolphins always play like they are thinking of retirement, rewatch yesterdays game, they were scared and quit early, probably like you.
      Miami last played in the super bowl when?

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  2. bad2thebone

    I had a compound fracture of the tibia from a skiing accident and it hurts like a mofo, give the guy six weeks he’s a tough guy loves the game and that was just an emotional moment.

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  3. Deez nuts

    This is

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    • Deez nuts

      Sad

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