Earl Thomas Carted Off Field

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is done for the year after suffering a lower leg fracture, coach Pete Carroll confirmed (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network). Doctors quickly confirmed the injury after Thomas was carted off of the field and had his leg put in an air-cast. The Seahawks will place Thomas on injured reserve, opening up a spot on the 53-man roster.

It’s devastating news for Thomas, particularly since he is in his contract year. Thomas has been pushing for a new contact all year, and this is exactly the situation he was looking to avoid.

Thomas skipped practice multiple times recently and abstained from training camp while demanding a new deal or a trade. It looked like his holdout was going to last into the regular season, but just before the season started he finally reported and started each of the first four games while continuing to publicly state his dissatisfaction with the Seahawks. The Cowboys reportedly offered a second round pick for Thomas earlier this summer, but were turned down.

When on the field, Thomas has been his normal elite self. He’s one of the best safeties in the game, and is a true difference maker. It’s yet another blow for a Seahawks team that has dealt with a slew of injuries to key players this season. Nothing is certain yet, but it appears highly possible Thomas has played his last down in Seattle.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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31 comments on “Earl Thomas Carted Off Field

  1. I like how he flipped the bird to the Seahawks sidelines as he was being carted off. Good stuff

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      • kaehlaone

        I stand corrected…another crap move by Thomas who’s been a turd about it all along. Bye Earl!

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        • justinept

          Yep. Guy wants to be paid what he’s worth. No different than anyone else. What a turd…

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          • He signed a contract. I mean at the end of the day – he signed a contract.

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          • Um, he signed a contract for what he was worth, the Seahawks honored that contract, paying him the full amount. He wants to get paid NEXT year and beyond for what he did LAST year and in the past. Don’t see what Seattle did wrong here.

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            • TrollHunter

              Until all contracts in the NFL are guaranteed like other sports, I have zero problem with players holding out or fighting for more money mid contract.

              If teams can cut a guy under contract and not pay him the full amount, then players should be able to renegotiate when they feel like as well!

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        • TrollHunter

          The SeaChickens are a garbage organization! Russell Wilson should leave the team and go play baseball for the Yankees

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  2. afsooner02

    Well….there goes that trade talk. Seattle will now lose him for nothing.

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    • jessethegreat

      If he signs for a decent contract and the Seahawks don’t bring in more true free agents than they lose (expired contracts, not players released with seasons remaining on their contracts), the Seahawks will still likely receive a 2010 3rd round compensatory pick.

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    • Neil5611

      Dont they get a third round compensatory pick when he leaves as a free agent next year?

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      • afsooner02

        And? They were offered a second by the cowboys in preseason and easily could have had a third above the compensatory picks…maybe even a third and a fourth.

        Seattle blew this one….should have traded him.

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      • wellyou'rewrong

        Depends on how many FAs they sign. When you had Dallas offering a 2nd, it still looks bad.

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  3. Kenleyfornia74

    This is why guys hold out (for you people blasting Bell)

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      • Vedder80

        He isn’t as young (3 years), but is just as productive relevant to his position.

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  4. dalton2green22

    Good for Seattle. Don’t like their arrogant players like Thomas. He has a contract. I wish in my job I could do what he did. I hope he gets signed ny the worst team

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    • TrollHunter

      Yea but the difference is your a nobody and no one cares if u go to work or not!

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  5. braveshomer

    Wasn’t he graded out as the top Free Safety so far this season?…both sides get screwed in this worst case scenario. Especially Thomas cuz he broke his freaking leg

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    • yoyo137

      Something tells me it’s worse for Thomas than the Seahawks

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  6. tacan

    I would love to see the Seahawks do the unexpected (and right thing) by giving Earl a two year extension. At this stage, it likely wouldn’t have to make him the highest paid safety in the league, but would take care of him after another major injury. After his performance over the past 4 games, it shows that he still has a lot left in the tank. A 2-year extension would show that they still value him.

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  7. Seahawks were trying to be cute and got burned. I love it. Enjoy your compensatory pick suckas.

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  8. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    Would Seattle even get a comp pick if Thomas only gets a 1-2 year prove it deal?? Especially since he will be coming off what looks like such a devastating injury??

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  9. yoyo137

    Perfect ending to this stupid saga. Earl Thomas got what he wanted, he doesn’t ever have to play for the Seahawks again. And the Seahawks didn’t have to give in to a traitor who openly campaigned for another team to get him and who was a locker room distraction. Have fun rehabbing and being too old for the NFL when you get back!!! Maybe the Cowboys will sign you to their practice squad

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    • dave13

      You must be 12 years old because every post on here is extremely immature and wrong on so many levels. I’m not going to get into everything that should be said but you do realize he isn’t eligible for practice squad and hasn’t been in years. Learn the rules

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  10. Bill Jasper

    Always a shame when a great player gets carted off of the field.

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  11. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    Crap, now my much hoped for trade of two teams’ problems for each other, LeVeon Bell for Earl Thomas, won’t happen.

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