After an offseason holdout, trade-baiting, a few missed practices and three interceptions in the Seattle Seahawks' 2-2 start, Earl Thomas appears to be done for the season after he broke his leg Sunday in a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Reactions from current and former NFL players after the injury quickly became a referendum on long-term contracts, the goals of holding out and Thomas' legacy as a feared member of one of the league's best-ever defensive units.
Praying for my brother @Earl_Thomas. Most will never know the hard work and sacrifice daily that goes into playing this game. He will bounce back better than ever that's who he i.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 1, 2018
Feel so bad for the best safety in football!!! https://t.co/RLvWMQNXLO— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 30, 2018
The Earl Thomas situation infuriates me!!! Here's why 🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/fEonlj56o4— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) September 30, 2018
Praying for you @Earl_Thomas we risk it all for our teammates and our fans with little reciprocity. At the end of the day the Player shoulders all of the risk and the scrutiny. I wish the best for one of the best in this generation. ✊🏾 https://t.co/TmQkCSEIDf— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 1, 2018
Love u dog, 5ever! This shit stupid man. @Earl_Thomas— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) September 30, 2018
The injury also was relevant to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who continues to hold out, seeking his own long-term contract from the Steelers. Bell commented on an ESPN Instagram post with his feelings.
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Yesterday #EarlThomas was injured and while being carted off, he gave the #seahawks bench the middle finger. #BobbyWagner gave his thoughts and in the comment section #LevonBell says he will continue to be the bad guy for 'all of us'. #LevonBell had yet to play or even attend a #Steelers practice. (Via @espn ) . . . . . #nfl #seahawks #seattleseahawks #football #seattle #12thman #sports #gohawks #cowboys #legionofboom #news #injury #nflmemes #espn #12s #sundaynightfootball #nflnews #nflfootball #dallas #seahawksfootball #leveonbell #dougbaldwin #29