Seattle loses safety Earl Thomas for rest of the season

Just like AFC contenders should have perked up a bit when Gronkowski was ruled out for the season, NFC teams that have title dreams understand that the Seahawks now have a really big hole in the back end of their defense.

"He's got a serious recovery he's going to have to go through", Carroll said. Thomas is a three-time All-Pro safety and has made the Pro Bowl five seasons in a row.

Thomas was injured at the 10:45 mark of the second quarter when he collided with safety Kam Chancellor while almost intercepting a pass intended for Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. Seattle is averaging just 20.4 points and 360.5 yards per game on offense. Sherman continued, "All of us consider retirement just about every game and when you get an injury like that, a lot of stuff goes through your mind". The loss of Thomas would crush most defenses, but Seattle still has Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead on the outside with Kam Chancellor in the other safety spot. That should give Carroll and the Seattle defensive coaching staff plenty of time to get Terrell up to speed and devise any type of scheme that can make up for Thomas' absence.

Earl Thomas' 2016 season is over.

The victory was clouded by the loss of safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season to a broken tibia in the first half. Whoever wants to play in those games is worth carrying over to start the rebuild. But he has been a fixture on special teams since singing as a free agent on July 26, 2014 after having been waived by Houston (originally an undrafted free agent, Terrell also had a stint with Jacksonville in 2013). The Seattle defense still has numerous pieces from its recent playoff runs in place, including Chancellor at safety alongside replacement Steven Terrell. "He knows the principles and concepts". "He knows the principles and concepts and he's really equipped, he's really fast and covers a ton of ground and all that".

Following an error-filled setback Sunday in Seattle, the great expectations that Rivera and his team understandably held tightly to were replaced by a hard dose of reality that numerous National Football League teams must face this time of year but that the Panthers didn't see coming. "This fits together and we're fortunate to have Steven stepping up".

Cam Newton found Ted Ginn Jr. for a 55-yard touchdown on the very next play after Thomas exited.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday the Seahawks are about to sign former Washington Husky and Oakland Raider Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece.

"I'm just going to try to be the best me that I can be", he said.