Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Seahawks lose irreplaceable Thomas

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

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

"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," coach Pete Carroll said Monday. "Earl is Earl."

The Seahawks now know the earliest they will see Thomas back on the field is the 2017 season after he suffered a broken lower left leg in Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina. While there was an initial thought that Thomas could return if the Seahawks made a deep run in the playoffs, Carroll said further examination Monday determined the recovery for the fractured tibia is too extensive for the star safety to make it back this season.

Luck, Colts humble Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his return from a concussion, throwing for four touchdowns, three to Dwayne Allen, in the Colts' 41-10 romp past the inept Jets.

The hosts were booed by a much-less-than-filled MetLife Stadium almost from the outset.

Luck missed last week's loss to Pittsburgh, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol over the weekend and came back in style with a prime-time performance. He lifted Indianapolis into a tie for the lead in the AFC South with Tennessee and Houston.

RIVERA DEFENDS BENCHING: Panthers coach Ron Rivera is not worried about losing the faith of his players after his decision to bench Cam Newton for the start of Sunday night's game. Rivera said in hindsight he's "very comfortable" with his decision to keep the reigning MVP on the sideline after he failed to wear a tie on the team flight Saturday, as required by team rules.

TWO WASHINGTON STARTERS HURT: Washington safety Will Blackmon and center Spencer Long are going through the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

BEARS: Quarterback Jay Cutler was placed on injured reserve because of a season-ending right shoulder injury.

BILLS: Receiver and former Gator Percy Harvin's comeback lasted just two games after he was placed on the season-ending reserve-non-football-illness list because of migraines.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Kiko Alonso had surgery to repair a broken right thumb, but coach Adam Gase said he might be available to play Sunday.

TITANS: Rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd was placed on injured reserve and will have his right foot re-evaluated.

VIKINGS: Coach Mike Zimmer returned to work a little more than a week after he had an emergency operation to repair a detached retina.

Seahawks lose irreplaceable Thomas 12/05/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2016 11:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs bring back long snapper Andrew DePaola to compete


    Just 12 days before the NFL makes its final cuts, the Bucs have added another position battle, signing back long snapper Andrew DePaola to compete with veteran Garrison Sanborn.

    Andrew DePaola is making an impressive recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in last year's season finale against Carolina in January.  [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. My AP preseason All-America ballot


    Now that the AP's preseason All-America team has been released, I'll share what I submitted.

  3. 'Hard Knocks' star Bullough facing numbers game


    Bucs undrafted rookie linebacker Riley Bullough is perhaps the surprise star of HBO's "Hard Knocks" and has been productive in two preseason games, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Tuesday that he's caught in a numbers game competing for a backup spot on the Tampa Bay roster.

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Riley Bullough is caught in a numbers game competing for a backup spot on the Tampa Bay roster. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Two FSU Seminoles, two Florida Gators honored as AP preseason All-Americans


    Florida State safety Derwin James and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden were both named AP first-team, preseason All-Americans on Tuesday.

  5. 'Hard Knocks' effect: Jameis Winston jersey sales surging


    Two weeks into the national publicity of HBO's "Hard Knocks," Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's No. 3 jerseys are selling well, as he made the biggest leap in this week's jersey report from Dick's Sporting Goods.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's No. 3 jerseys are selling well. [Getty Images]