Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with what looked like a serious leg injury, and he may have let his team know how he feels on his way off the field.
Thomas was injured while covering Chad Williams, who caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen to tie the game at 17-all. The Seahawks countered by standing pat, apparently risking losing Thomas at the end of the 2018 season without any real compensation, or worse, losing him earlier with an injury.
"I love Earl. I've always loved him", Carroll stated after the game.
Thomas held out the entire preseason as he tried to land a new contract with the Seahawks.
Carroll, who said last week that he thought the unhappiness was behind them, got another chance to talk about the finger on Monday and seemed to have a clearer idea about Thomas' intent. "I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions".
Some of Thomas' teammates said they understood his frustration.
"I think that's the insane part of our business".
"Earl wanted an extension and at the end of the day he didn't get that".
If Earl Thomas' middle finger was meant for Pete Carroll on Sunday, it doesn't sound like the Seahawks coach is going to be holding any grudges over the incident.