Earl Thomas takes parting shot at Seahawks after breaking leg

Earl Thomas expressed his ire toward Seahawks management as he was carted off the field with a broken leg.
Earl Thomas expressed his ire toward Seahawks management as he was carted off the field with a broken leg.Ross D. Franklin/AP

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Even as he rode on the cart with a broken left leg, Earl Thomas couldn’t put aside his frustration with the Seattle Seahawks.

Angry over his contract situation, Thomas had already said he would skip some practices.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, now he won’t be in the games, either.

The safety was injured in the fourth quarter while defending Arizona’s Chad Williams, who caught a tying touchdown pass. Thomas, who wanted contract security beyond this season or a trade, made an obscene gesture toward the Seattle side of the field as he was being carted off.

‘‘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.’’

Thomas has played eight seasons since Seattle selected him out of Texas with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft. The six-time Pro Bowler held out of training camp while seeking a contract extension and joined the Seahawks a week before the season despite having a contract that expires at the end of this season.


‘‘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.’’

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Thomas broke his lower leg but suffered no ligament damage.

As for the gesture, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he was unaware of it.

“I don’t know, somebody said something, I don’t know anything about that,” Carroll said. “It’s a big stadium.


“Earl was extraordinarily poised on the field for what just occurred,” Carroll added. “To be so clear and resolved, he knew what happened. He was so poised; giving back to the players and all of us, so I don’t know what happened after that.”

Thomas was injured while covering Chad Williams, who caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen to tie the game at 17-all. Thomas’s lower left leg seemed to buckle as he dove on top of Williams in the end zone.

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.