Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner made it clear that all is not well in the Seattle Seahawks locker room on Sunday afternoon.
Following an embarrassing 42-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Thomas hinted that Wagner may have hurt the Seahawks by trying to play through a hamstring injury.
“To be totally honest, I think the guys that played, you’ve got to give your hats off to Wags and a couple guys that played, but my personal opinion, I don’t think they should have played,” Thomas explained (via ESPN). “I think the backups would have did just as good. But the injuries — Kam [Chancellor], [Richard Sherman] Sherm, K.J. [Wright] — they definitely hurt today.”
When specifically asked about Wagner being slowed down by his injury, Thomas didn’t hide his feelings.
“I have no clue,” Thomas said. “But you normally see Wags running from sideline to sideline, and he just couldn’t do it today. But I think he just waited a little bit too long to take himself out.”
Upon hearing Thomas’ comments, Wagner fired back in a big way.
In a post on his Twitter account that has since been deleted, the three-time All-Pro linebacker had this to say:
“E keep my name out yo mouth. Stop being jealous of other people success. I still hope you keep balling bro.”
To be totally fair, Thomas’ comments weren’t exactly disrespectful. But the way Wagner responded made it clear that the Seahawks may have a massive problem on their hands.
As of today, Seattle is on the outside looking in when it comes to the NFC playoff race. And with the way they have been hit by the injury bug this year, it’s hard to envision a scenario where they make much noise in the postseason if they somehow find a way to get in.
Sadly, the Seahawks’ time as one of the premier teams in the NFC may be over.