Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a fractured lower left leg during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the injury which is believed to be similar to the season-ending injury he suffered to the same leg back in December 2016.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided additional details:
“Earl Thomas suffered a clean, lower leg break but no ligament damage and no displacement, source said. Not nearly as bad as a ligament tear would’ve been. He should be 100% by the Super Bowl… and free agency.”
As Thomas was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast he gave the middle finger to what appeared to be the direction of Seattle’s sideline.
When Carroll was asked if he thinks this will be Thomas’ last game with the Seahawks, he said,
“I don’t know. I hope not. I’m not counting on that. I hope not. One thing he does know, he knows how to deal with this. He got through it and he came back unbelievably good.”
Thomas has established himself as one of the best defensive backs in football and a key pillar of Seattle’s defense.
With Thomas out of action, Tedric Thompson will likely step into the starting free safety role.