Thomas has been engaged in a back-and-forth with the Seahawks over a long-term commitment, missing multiple practices this season to prevent putting his future at risk.
He broke his leg defending a pass against the Cardinals in the fourth quarter and raised up his middle finger toward Seattles 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 didnt get that. It sucks. It sucks to see a guy who puts his heart into something, put his all into his team and he doesnt get what he deserves.”
According to ESPNs Adam Schefter, the Cardinals have moved quarterback Mike Glennon into the No. 2 spot on their depth chart, jumping Bradford. As the No. 3 quarterback, Bradford will not be active Sunday for the Cardinals — meaning he will lose his active roster bonus of more than $300,000.
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Pete Carroll needs to admit that this was a huge, huge mistake
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 dont think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ahead of him if it is the injury he is expecting.”
Of glaring note from Sundays win on the offensive side of the ball is the fact that the Seahawks went 0/10 on third-down. This is only the 20th time since 1991 (per Pro-Football-Reference) that an NFL team has prevailed without a successful third-down conversion. The most recent team to accomplish this was the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 and went 0/9 on third-down.
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 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.
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture in Sundays game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to the team. He was carted off the field in the fourth quarter.
Thomas, whos been mired in a contract dispute with the Seahawks for several months, appeared to give the middle finger to his teams sideline while exiting.
The 29-year-old was playing the 2018 season under the final year of his contract, which has a cap hit of $10.4 million. He held out for much of the preseason, refusing to participate in team activities before returning in early September.
Trade rumors continue to swirl around Thomas, with the Seahawks reportedly demanding a second-round draft pick in return.
A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Thomas had recorded three interceptions through the first three games of the season. He made four tackles with one pass defensed before departing Sundays game.
Thomas is expected to recover in time for free agency, and he could play in Super Bowl LIII if the Seahawks make the playoffs and advance that far, according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.