Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas played the Super Bowl with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will need offseason surgery to repair the injury.

David Mulugheta, Thomas’ agent, confirmed the injury and need for surgery in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday. ESPN first reported Thomas needing surgery.

Thomas suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half of the NFC championship game. He returned to play the second half and played in last Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England wearing a brace to protect the shoulder. Thomas was in for every defensive play of the 28-24 loss.

On Monday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Thomas might need surgery.

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