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."