After last night’s game, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Seahawks’ game over the Arizona Cardinals.
Sherman left the game during the third quarter and wasn’t able to return. He suspects to have surgery in a few days once the swelling his Achilles goes down.
“No coming back from that until you get surgery,” head coach Pete Carroll said, adding that Sherman “couldn’t even walk” after leaving the game and standing on the sideline.
“He’s been a bastion of consistency, competitiveness, and toughness. We’re going to miss the heck out of him.”
Sherman hasn’t missed a game since his entrance into the league in 2011. He said that his Achilles has been bothering him for most of the season and that he’s been trying to cut back on any drastic cuts. When asked about the moment when the injury occurred Sherman said that he was going for the interception.
“I thought I could get the ball. Once it popped, just unfortunate,” said Sherman, who was visibly emotional at times while addressing reporters. “One of those things that you have to play through for as long as you can. When it goes, it goes.
“I’ve put a lot of stress on it. Think it would have gone eventually.”
In a text message to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Sherman later said, “I’m gonna be back with a vengeance.” He also posted his thoughts on Twitter.
Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers! will do everything in my Power to come back faster and stronger than ever. Until then will be here to cheer my teammates on! sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support! Means a lot to me.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 10, 2017
Sherman found himself on Seattle’s injury report last week due to his Achilles and was listed as a non-participant for three days.
Carroll bit his tongue when asked if the league should change Thursday night football, saying: “I don’t want to pay anything so I’m not going to comment on anything.”
Several other players, including Doug Baldwin, gave their own thoughts on Thursday games.
“Guys don’t have time to recover,” he said. “Hard to recover in four days.”
Baldwin said that was “absolutely” what led to so many players going down with injuries in this game. Asked if this game was Exhibit A for why Thursday night games are difficult, he said: “It’s Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C, Exhibit D, Exhibit Z. Thursday night football should be illegal.”
The Seahawks had several injuries last night, including a sprained ankle for Duane Brown.
“There was guys dropping down on both side with serious, minor injuries,” Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We play a very physical game, a very physical sport, and to ask us to turn around and be ready after Sunday to turn around and have our bodies OK on that Thursday, it’s really tough to do. I hope the league is watching. Hopefully they’ll look at it and see what happens and change this format.”