Earl Thomas’ season and potentially his career with the Seattle Seahawks might be over after the All-Pro safety broke his leg Sunday in the team’s 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Coach Pete Carroll called Thomas’ injury a lower leg fracture and said Thomas believes it’s similar to the season-ending injury he suffered to the same leg in December 2016. While Carroll didn’t give a timetable for a return, he and several of Thomas’ teammates talked as though this injury also will be season-ending.
The star defender broke the tibia in the same leg in 2016.
Thomas, who’s been mired in a contract dispute with the Seahawks for several months, appeared to give the middle finger to his team’s 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.
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 Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 30, 2018