Seahawks Placing S Earl Thomas On IR With Lower Leg Fracture

Update:

Following Sunday’s game, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said that Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture, per John Boyle.

  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks will place Thomas on injured reserve.
  • Rapoport adds that the good news for Thomas is that he suffered a clean leg break and no ligament damage or displacement. Thomas is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the Super Bowl and will be fine for the start of free agency.
  • Pro Football Talk reports that the Seahawks were in serious trade discussions and a deal at one point was considered close.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas suffered a left leg/ankle injury during Sunday’s game and had an aircast placed on his leg before being carted off to the locker room.

  • Based on video of the play, David Chao says the hope for Thomas that this isn’t a tibia fracture. Chao admits that the aircast is worrisome, but hopefully the rod likely still in his leg protected him from this.

This is terrible news for Thomas, who had been doing everything he could to get the Seahawks to either trade him or commit to a long-term deal.

Unfortunately for Thomas, it became clear that he was going to have to play out the season before securing a new extension in free agency next year.

This news effectively ends all trade talk involving Thomas and could end his 2018 season.

Thomas, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $44.725 million contract that includes $27.725 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $8.5 million for the 2018 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, trading Thomas would free up $8.5 million of available cap space while creating $1.9 million in dead money.

Entering today’s game, Thomas had appeared in three games and recorded 18 tackles, three interceptions and four pass defense for the Seahawks.

We’ll have more regarding Thomas as the news is available.

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