GLENDALE, Ariz. – Earl Thomas’ bid for a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks most likely ended on Sunday with him being carted off the field after he suffered a broken leg against the Arizona Cardinals.
Thomas, the former Texas Longhorns great and NFL All-Pro, gave a parting shot to the team he has been in a contract dispute with since the offseason: the middle finger. (Warning: Image embedded below.)
Thomas has played eight seasons since Seattle selected him out of Texas with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.
He is a six-time pro bowler and the foundation of a Seattle defense that won a Super Bowl in 2014.
Thomas held out to start the year, but joined the Seahawks a week before the season despite having a contract that expires at the end of this season.
He missed multiple practices this season to prevent putting his future at risk, but played in Seattle games and had three interceptions to start the season, two against the Dallas Cowboys.
Thomas' lower left leg seemed to buckle as he dove on top of a Cardinals player in the end zone.
Thomas broke his leg defending a pass in the fourth quarter and raised up his middle finger toward Seattle's side of the field just before the cart pulled into the tunnel.
"That is why you ask for certain things," Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said. "Earl wanted an extension and at the end of the day he didn't get that. It sucks. It sucks to see a guy who puts his heart into something, put his all into his team and he doesn't get what he deserves."
"We play a very, very emotional game," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions. I don't think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ahead of him if it is the injury he is expecting."
Earl Thomas’ reaction after being carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/Lpqgu7rJJ9— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2018
Players from both teams gathered around as the trainers worked on Thomas and his leg was put in an air cast before he was driven off.
Thomas had expressed interest in joining the Cowboys through a trade, but Seattle reportedly rejected any possible offers.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Thomas suffered a clean, lower leg break but no ligament damage and no displacement.
Rapoport said he should be fully healed by the Super Bowl and free agency.
#Seahawks star S Earl Thomas suffered a clean, lower leg break but no ligament damage and no displacement, source said. Not nearly as bad as a ligament tear would’ve been. He should be 100% by the Super Bowl... and free agency.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2018