Chiefs, Seahawks were close to Thomas trade before injury

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Seattle safety Earl Thomas was carted off the field with a broken leg during the fourth quarter of the Seahawk's 20-17 win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

As Thomas had his left leg in an air cast and was being carted to the locker room, he was shown by cameras flipping the middle finger.

Seahawks Pete Carroll has always been known as a "player's coach". "I really think that, I know there's been a lot of talk about it, people that are criticizing whatever happened don't understand. He's trying to play this game he loves and all the sudden, this happens again".

"Give him a little slack". Thomas is a great player and a major injury could be devastating to his season and upcoming free agency. This is a very, very hard moment that most people would never understand what it's about, " Carroll said. 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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Carroll was sympathetic to what must have been going through Thomas' head at that moment.

"This is the business of football and nothing is guaranteed to you as a player, coach or anybody else", Ryan said. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Seahawks had still been open to trading Thomas, but that they had refused to budge on their asking price of a 2019 second-round pick. "I told him that we had him".

After a lengthy and contentious holdout during the offseason to get a new contract, Earl Thomas relented and returned to the Seahawks secondary to start the season.

Carroll also said linebacker K.J. Wright may be out a few more weeks after having had arthroscopic knee surgery, meaning Seattle will hope Mychal Kendricks remains available.

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