Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman left Thursday night’s game with an Achilles injury that has been confirmed as a rupture by head coach Pete Carroll, per Seahawks reporter John Boyle. He’s out for the season.
Coming into Thursday’s game, Sherman had shown he was still a great cornerback with 31 total tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 2017.
The 29-year-old veteran is the lifeblood of Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary. Despite playing through injury last season, he started all 16 games, registered 58 tackles and four interceptions and was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl.
Sherman always performs at a high level on the field, but an underrated part of his value before Thursday was his durability.
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Confirming that Sherman’s injury is season-ending, coach Pete Carroll said: “Yes. There’s no coming back until you get surgery.”
Sherman wasn’t sure when he would undergo surgery. He anticipated giving his heel time to heal for a few days, then having a procedure performed.
The seventh-year player out of Stanford hasn’t missed a regular season or postseason game since he was drafted by Seattle in the fifth round in 2011. It’s a streak he was incredibly proud of, and fought to keep in tact, battling through multiple injuries throughout his career.
“It’s unfortunate. It sucks,” he said. “If it was anything I could play with I’d be out there.”
Asked Thursday why, if he knew his Achilles would eventually rupture, he didn’t simply sit out and rest it for a couple of games, Sherman said, “Every game matters in this league.”
Seattle (6-3) will have to play the rest of its games without Sherman, one of the best defensive players in the league. In his place Jeremy Lane will start at left cornerback and Shaquill Griffin will continue to start at right corner.
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