Earl Thomas

Seattle loses safety Earl Thomas for rest of the season

It was one thing for the Seattle Seahawks to know they would be without safety Earl Thomas for one game, maybe two.

Now that the former All-Pro safety is done for the rest of the 2016 season — no matter how far Seattle may advance in the playoffs — the Seahawks are facing a new reality for the rest of this year that doesn't include arguably their most important defensive player on the field.

"I don't think you're going to replace Earl Thomas. He's a very unique player. But he's very quiet. He's not a guy who adds a whole lot on the vocal side. He does it with his play," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. "Earl is Earl."