RENTON, Wash. -- 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 doesnt include arguably their most important defensive player on the field.I dont think youre going to replace Earl Thomas. Hes a very unique player. But hes very quiet. Hes 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.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 Sundays 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 on Monday determined the recovery for the fractured tibia is too extensive for the star safety to make it back this season.Its a crushing injury to the player that makes Seattles defense function perhaps more than any other. And while Steven Terrell is a solid replacement with experience in Seattles system and one start already this season, hes not Thomas, as Carroll said.You cant make up for it. You just try to find some others who can do half of what he does, Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said Sunday night. Its hard to replace that kind of player whos a Hall of Fame type of player. You cant really replace (them).Thomas was injured in the second quarter of the blowout victory, colliding with teammate Kam Chancellor as each tried to intercept a pass from Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. It was a violent and high-speed collision that Carroll said Monday also left Chancellor a little banged up.Its the first major injury of Thomas career and the emotional safety immediately became reflective, tweeting during the game that he was contemplating retirement.I know its really generated a lot of curiosity, Carroll said. Hes going through, at the time, the emotional part of dealing with an injury thats a serious setback. I dont know much more about it than that.Thomas has been a constant in Seattles secondary since he arrived in 2010 as the second draft pick made by Carroll and general manager John Schneider. He started 106 consecutive games, a streak that was snapped last week when he sat out against Tampa Bay due to a hamstring injury.Thomas furiously rehabbed the injury in order to play against the Panthers. And he lasted barely one quarter before suffering an even more significant blow.Carroll said the freedom with how Thomas plays is the most difficult aspect to replace.The experience that Earl has, has given him freedom to see things, make plays, feel confident making breaks on balls and taking shots on stuff. That comes from a lot of success, confidence building success, Carroll said. You get bold. Earl has become that kind of player for us.Terrell has been with Seattle since 2014, signed in part because of the quickness he brought to the secondary. Hes mostly been a special teams contributor, but played well a week ago against Tampa Bay with Thomas sidelined.Its really important because were playing a lot of three-deep and youve got to cover a lot of ground out there, Carroll said of Terrell. 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BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles have averaged 19,422 fans in the first two games of a key showdown with the Boston Red Sox. On Wednesday, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones addressed the teams lackluster attendance.Id say that its just, its a little, whats the right word to say its a little, you know, not sad, just like, eerie, a little bit, said Jones, the teams longest-tenured player.Jones added: We grind and grind and grind. We understand, theres a lot that that factors into it. Ticket prices being higher, although you can bring in food and beverages. Marketing and promotions, Im sure theyre not the best. I get all that. Im just saying, the city wanted a winner -- the last five years we got em a winner. I dont if know if theyve gotten complacent already on us winning. I wish they havent. I hope they havent. Because winning is fun every single year, and being in this race is exciting every single year. So to the ones that come every night, thank you with open arms.On Tuesday, Camden Yards drew a crowd of 20,387 for the second game of a four-game set with first-place Boston, putting the Orioles -- who made the playoffs in 2012 and 2014 -- over the 2 million mark in attendance for the fifth straight season. On the year, Baltimore ranks 20th in attendance.Among teams currently in line for postseason berths, only the Cleveland Indians rank lower (28th).Ive heard many different sides of it, Jones said. Its due to school starting; weather, which is understandable; danger, which I dont see. I understand, but I dont necessarily see that. But at the end of the day, as a player, were going out there, busting our tails. The fans impact at Camden Yards is unbelievable. I thinkk they know that.ddddddddddddI think they understand that, and the players understand that. Obviously, this week and this last homestand, the last 11 games are arguably the most important games of the season.Weve fought our tails off for 145 games to put ourselves into a unique situation as of September, and thats what you say. You want to play important September baseball. And part of September baseball, especially if youre in the heat [of a pennant race], is fans. That just is what it is. Every place you go, the fans are going to be there. When we were in Detroit, they were there for them. We go to Boston, usually Bostons one of the most desirable places to be at anyway, so theyre there. I know when we go on the road to Toronto, we all know theyre gonna be there. Theyve been there since basically the trade deadline last year.The Orioles -- who enter play on Wednesday with a record of 82-69 and are in possession of the second American League wild-card spot -- are averaging 26,513 fans per game, which is nearly 4,000 fewer than in 2014. Its also 2,602 fewer than last year, which represents the fifth-largest drop-off in the majors. Of the four teams with bigger decreases (Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Cincinnati), none currently has a winning record.Baltimore has two games left against Boston, then finishes its home schedule this weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks.A previous version of this story had Jones saying the home attendance was sad, but upon further review he ultimately said the dearth of Orioles fans at Camden Yards felt eerie. Cheap Authentic Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys China NFL Hoodies Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Camo China NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China ' ' '