The Seahawks lost two players for the season on Sunday. Will Dissly will return in 2019. Earl Thomas may not.
The Seahawks will be without two productive players for the rest of the season. Both Earl Thomas and Will Dissly were injured on Sunday in Seattle’s win over Arizona. 12s know that Dissly will be back next year. Thomas, though, may never play another down in a Seahawks uniform.
Dissly hurt his patellar tendon. This is the same kind of injury that Jimmy Graham had in 2016 and it seemed to take Graham some time to get back to being fully healthy. Dissly started the season with a 100-yard receiving game. But Dissly also had a touchdown in week two as well.
Seattle will miss Dissly pass-catching ability. But the fact that Dissly was doing so well in that area was a bit unexpected. Where the Seahawks will need to find someone to replace the tight end is in blocking.
Overall, Dissly is the 14th highest graded tight end in the NFL for 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Thomas, of course, left the field on Sunday with his middle finger apparently raised towards the Seahawks sideline. The free safety held out for the entire preseason in a contract dispute as Thomas wanted an extension that Seattle wasn’t offering.
Thomas broke his lower leg on a non-contact play.
Several players and coaches have expressed how much Thomas will be missed. Defensive end Frank Clark said, “All we can do right now is continue to go out there and win games for him.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson said, “He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and he always will be.”
There is no doubt that Thomas will be missed in Seattle. But with Thomas out, at least part of the drama is gone on whether Thomas will show up for practice or play in football games.