Seattle loses safety Earl Thomas for rest of the season

Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

For the entire Seattle Seahawks run of success under head coach Pete Carroll, safety Earl Thomas has been the backbone of one of the NFL's most unsafe defensive units.

Zimmer had an emergency operation last week to fix a detached retina, forcing him to miss a game for the first time in his National Football League coaching career. His other miss was two weeks ago when he missed the team's trip to Tampa Bay with a strained hamstring. Steven Terrell, who played the final 41 of Sunday night's 58 defensive snaps at free safety, will replace Thomas there this Sunday at Green Bay (6-6) and beyond.

All of this retirement talk was put in place after Thomas sent a tweet during the game, shortly after his injury, that he was thinking about quitting. While there was an initial thought that Thomas could return if the Seahawks made a deep run in the playoffs, Carroll said further examination on Monday determined the recovery for the fractured tibia is too extensive for the star safety to make it back this season.

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In a statement to ESPN's Ed Werder on Monday, Thomas didn't back down, saying "I'm taking it one day at a time".

Carroll said Chancellor "got banged" when his leg slammed into his partner at safety in the back of the Seahawks' defense. "In my opinion, it was a lack of communication on my part, especially as a team captain, a person that I feel has his ear", Newton said. "I'm not laying this loss on reffing, but at some point it's got to get better". They remember what the panthers did to them last season; beat the Seahawks in the regular season and postseason.The Seahawks can still play D with anyone but the offense has been a riddle all season long they've failed to solve more often than not.Seattle is 7-3-1 SU and 5-5-1 ATS as it vies to regain the NFC West title.

"Steve has been with us a long time so he knows how things work around here", Carroll said. He's really equipped, he's really fast, he covers a ton of ground and all that. He knows how to give us what we're looking for, and he's played very well.

The Panthers had one highlight, when Newton hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Chancellor said after the game, "It's hard to see your brother go down like that".