While the Cardinals' sideline showed their support for Thomas, he raised his middle finger in the direction of the Seahawks' sideline.
Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas is greeted by Arizona Cardinals players as he leaves the field after breaking his leg during the second half of an NFL football game. "People that are criticizing whatever happened don't understand". "It just wasn't. It was going to be about Earl getting his last big deal, feeling totally disrespected that he did not get a third contract from a team that had given him, and he'd earned, nearly $60 million - and he wanted more".
Much like Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, Thomas wanted either a long-term deal to give him some long-term security or he wanted a trade out of Seattle.
Regardless of what happened when Thomas was carted off the field, everyone should hope that the injury isn't as serious as it looks. This is the same kind of injury that Jimmy Graham had in 2016 and it seemed to take Graham some time to get back to being fully healthy.
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During an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday, Carroll went out of his way to defend Thomas for the incident and said that people who are rushing to judgement just "don't understand".
Carroll was sympathetic to what must have been going through Thomas' head at that moment.
Despite the missed practices, Thomas has been productive, notching three interceptions in as many games before Sunday.
As Emmanuel Acho pointed out (along with a number of other current and past players), this is exactly why Thomas was holding out in the first place earlier this year - he knew it was very possible for him to get injured and therefore not get paid. "I told him that we had him". Thomas, though, did not appear to be on good terms with the Seahawks after the injury.