GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Seahawks closed out their season with an impressive 38-30 win over the Arizona, but the game also featured a significant injury, with safety Quandre Diggs leaving the game on a cart with an air cast on his leg.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Diggs dislocated his ankle and fractured fibula, an injury that will require Diggs to stay behind in Arizona for surgery. The injury is all the more unfortunate because Diggs, a Pro-Bowler in each of the past two seasons, is set to become a free agent when the new league year begins in March.
"Just a heartbreaker, just because everyone loves this guy so much because of who he is," Carroll said. "He is such an embedded leader, the character, the toughness, all the stuff that he stands for. Guys just love this guy, so it crushed everybody. And it wasn't ignored in the way they finished. They finished for him. My heart is broken for him getting hurt like that. But he'll back. There's some months in there, but he'll be back for the season next year, so that's the positive side of it."
In addition to the usual team staff that would stay behind with an injured player in this type of situation, Carroll noted that Tyler Lockett, one of Diggs' closest friends, will also stay behind to be with Diggs at the hospital.
"That's my brother," Lockett said. "But I don't really think I'm doing anything that he wouldn't have done for me. I think that if the shoe was on the other foot, I think that that'd be the same thing that he would do for me. That's my best friend; that's my brother. We train together, we went back and forth in college together, we're fortunate enough to be able to play on the same team. So like I said, I'm doing exactly what I think that he would have done for me."