Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture according to the team. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Thomas is out indefinitely.
“This game has been so good to me no regrets,” Thomas tweeted. “A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers.”
Thomas wrote that tweet roughly 30 minutes after being helped off the field after suffering the injury, when emotions were running high. Thomas collided with teammate Kam Chancellor in mid-air as Thomas made a great breakup of a pass. Thomas was unable to put pressure on the leg after the injury.
After his team’s 40-7 win, head coach Pete Carroll addressed the tweet: “I will say that a lot was running through his mind when he said that, I think it tells you exactly what he’s talking about. I saw him in the training room tonight and at halftime and … I’m not so sure about that either but I’m not surprised that he said something like that. Earl’s apt to go ahead and say something that might surprise you and he did.”
It’s a brutal turn of events for Thomas, who was enjoying another terrific year. After a relative down season in 2015, Thomas and Chancellor were once again the best safety tandem in football this season. Steven Terrell replaced Thomas in the lineup Sunday.
The Seahawks‘ defense has struggled to keep their best defensive players on the field at the same time this season. Michael Bennett and Chancellor recently returned to the lineup, but now the team will have to get used to playing without Thomas.
It was only three weeks ago that Thomas knocked Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski out of a game with a vicious hit to the midsection. Since then, Gronkowski was lost for the season due to an unrelated injury and Thomas has now been felled by this injury. In a game Sunday night where Pantherslinebacker Luke Kuechly watched from the sideline because of a concussion, we can’t help but think that the NFL is losing too many star players as we hit the stretch run.