Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Earl Thomas Flipped Off The Seahawks Bench While Carted Off Injured

Earl Thomas Flipped Off The Seahawks Bench While Carted Off Injured

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture in the fourth quarter of their 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. While the Cardinals' sideline showed their support for Thomas, he raised his middle finger in the direction of the Seahawks' sideline.

Some of Thomas' teammates said they understood his frustration. Carroll said the team could call up one or both practice squad tight ends - Darrell Daniels and Marcus Lucas - and he said Ed Dickson will be ready to go when he is eligible to come off the Non-Football Injury list following the sixth games against the Raiders. Plenty of players on the fringes of the league, the guys you watch on Hard Knocks who get cut on a whim, have neither the leverage nor the ability to cash in.

"Give him a little slack", Carroll continued. Thomas, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 2010 and helped them to Super Bowl glory in 2014, is in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract and has been feuding with the team for months, demanding that they grant him either a trade or an extension. "This is a very, very hard moment that most people would never understand what this is about".

Carroll was sympathetic to what must have been going through Thomas' head at that moment. He wanted to get paid what he believed he was worth specifically to insure himself against a career-derailing injury.

Seattle, who's original asking price was reportedly two second-round draft picks, lowered their price to one second-rounder, per Rapoport. Thomas said upon his return that he determined that he had too much money to lose - $500,000 in weekly game checks - if he were to continue his holdout into the regular season.

A week after calling out Seahawks safety Earl Thomas for deliberately missing practice to protest the Seahawks organization, KIRO Radio's Dori Monson and Brock Huard of 710 ESPN's Brock and Salk had quite a new turn of events to catch up on during Dori's Monday Monson Quarterback.

Carroll also said linebacker K.J. Wright may be out a few more weeks after having had arthroscopic knee surgery, meaning Seattle will hope Mychal Kendricks remains available.

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