Thomas will have surgery to place a rod in his left leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The procedure will increase his odds of making a full recovery, and he'll aim to be healthy by March 11 when free agency opens. The 29-year-old safety won't play for the rest of this season, and due to his frustrations with Seattle's front office, it's unlikely he re-signs with the Seahawks.
After breaking the tibia in his left leg Sunday in Arizona, Thomas was destined for IR due to the season-ending nature of the injury. Although rehab will be his immediate focus, he likely will be pondering his next contract as well. The Seahawks technically can extend the franchise or transition tag to the All-Pro safety, but he could strike back by remaining away from the team again while his teammates go through the offseason program and preseason slate. Considering his dissatisfaction with Seattle's front office, Thomas may have played his last down with the organization.
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that Thomas (leg) won't play again in 2018, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
For the second time in three seasons, Thomas sustained a fracture to the tibia in his left leg. On this occasion, though, he'll miss 10 games (instead of four) and potentially decrease his earning power on the open market. The latter point is the key after Thomas stayed away from Seattle in the offseason, training camp and preseason in pursuit of a new contract or a trade to a team willing to give him one. There doesn't seem to be much doubt that he's played his last down for the Seahawks, but it's difficult to foresee the safety landing a significant, long-term contract when his next down will take place as a 30-year-old.
Thomas suffered a lower left leg fracture during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Coach Pete Carroll said the injury may be related to the broken tibia Thomas suffered in December 2016. The 29-year-old safety likely will be placed on injured reserve, presumably with no intention of trying to return this season. Thomas has been at odds with the Seahawks over his contract, which is set to expire during the offseason. The team likely will turn to Tedric Thompson at free safety.
Thomas injured his left leg in Sunday's game against the Cardinals and was carted off the field Adam Schefter of ESPNreports.
Thomas was having a huge season with 18 tackles (13 solo) and three interceptions coming into the game. He'll be replaced by Tedric Thompson.
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