On Monday, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed that S Earl Thomas does, in fact, have a broken tibia and is now out for the season, per Bob Condotta.
Carroll added that he isn’t sure if Thomas will need to undergo surgery but he did say that Thomas has “a serious recovery he’s got to go through,” per Condotta.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas suffered a broken bone in his leg during the first half of Sunday night’s game and is out indefinitely.
- Michele Tafoya mentioned during the NBC broadcast that Thomas specifically has a cracked tibia.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas mentioned via his Twitter account Sunday night that he’s considering retirement after he suffered a lower leg injury and was carted to the locker room.
This game has been so good to me no regrets.. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers.
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) December 5, 2016
This is just speculation, but it appears as though Thomas may have suffered a season-ending injury. The NBC broadcast mentioned that Thomas left the locker room on crutches after getting X-rays taken of his injured leg.
Based on the video, David Chao believes Thomas may have sustained a bone bruise or tibia/fibula fracture after a collision with S Kam Chancellor.
Thomas, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. He’s currently in the third year of his five-year, $44.725 million contract that includes $27.725 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $8 million and $8.5 million over the next two years.
Entering tonight’s game, Thomas had appeared in 10 games and recorded 46 tackles, no sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and nine pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding Thomas’ injury as the news is available.