After breaking his tibia against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has been ruled out for the season, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed to reporters, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Carroll doesn’t know if Thomas will require surgery, but said he will be going through “a serious recovery.” Thomas told ESPN’s Ed Werder via text message that he doesn’t plan to have surgery.
Thomas tweeted that he was considering retirement after suffering the injury Sunday night. Carroll did not comment on that tweet Monday, but Thomas addressed the thought when reaching out to Werder.
“I’m taking it one day at a time. I still feel the same way I felt last night,” wrote Thomas. “You have to remember my team is still fighting I don’t want to become a distraction.”
The five-time All-Pro will leave a large hole in the Seahawks’ secondary as he covers more ground than most players in his position. Seattle is unfamiliar with the prospect of playing without Thomas, who has missed just one game in his career prior to this injury.
Third-year pro Steven Terrell will replace Thomas in the starting lineup.