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When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was initially asked about safety Earl Thomas raising his middle finger to the Seattle sideline while riding to the locker room after fracturing his leg on Sunday, Carroll said he didn't know anything about it or "where it was aimed at".

Thomas" action prompted a different response from Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who commented on Instagram that he will "continue to be the "bad guy' for ALL of us" as he remains a holdout amid his own contract dispute. Thomas, though, did not appear to be on good terms with the Seahawks after the injury.

"People that are criticizing whatever happened don't understand".

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"Give him a little slack".

"I think we had made sense of the situation Earl was dealing with".

Teammates formed a circle around him before the injury cart came and shuttled him away from the field.

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During an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday, Carroll went out of his way to defend Thomas for the incident and said that people who are rushing to judgement just "don't understand".

Thomas has voiced his displeasure over his contract, which is in its final year and includes an $8.5 million salary.

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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