GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs suffered a broken right leg and dislocated ankle in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Diggs broke his right fibula. He was carted off the field and the game was stopped for several minutes after the injury.
“Just a heartbreaker because everybody loves who he is,” Carroll said after the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 38-30.
Diggs appeared to slip on the grass just before being blocked and immediately grabbed his lower leg. Players on both teams were visibly upset as Seattle’s trainers worked on Diggs. Teammate D.J. Reed threw his helmet.
Diggs was in tears as he was carted off, as were several of his teammates.
News of his injury made it across the NFL, too. Before taking questions after a loss to Miami, New England Patriots defensive back Adrian Phillips made a teary-eyed statement about Diggs.
“I just want to start this off to say I’m praying for Quandre,” said Phillips, his voice shaking. “He just had a gruesome injury. I just want you to know I love you bro’. I hate this so much. I’m just praying for you. I will talk to you as soon as I can. I just want to get this over with.”
Diggs made his first Pro Bowl this season and is set to be a free agent this offseason. He led the Seahawks with five interceptions this season and was third with 63 tackles before Sunday’s game.
Seahawks’ Smith arrested
SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday following the team’s season-ending victory in Arizona.
According to King County Court records, Smith was arrested at 2:10 a.m. and was released from custody around 9:30 a.m. Smith was arrested by the Washington State Patrol, but no other information was immediately available.
Smith has just completed his third season with the Seahawks and had the most extensive playing time of his tenure in Seattle. He appeared in four games and started three while Russell Wilson was out due to finger surgery. Smith threw for 702 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Smith had appeared in just one game during his first two seasons with Seattle. He was on a one-year contract with Seattle and will be a free agent after the end of the current NFL season.
The Associated Press