The long list of great NFL players going down with long-term injuries just got a little bit longer.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will be out for the rest of 2017 with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The four-time All-Pro sustained the injury during last night’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Sherman reportedly was dealing with soreness around his right Achilles tendon in previous weeks. He went down attempting to intercept a pass in the third quarter. Head coach Pete Carroll announced that Sherman would have surgery to repair the damage within the next few days.
“No coming back from that until you get surgery,” he told reporters after the game. “He’s been a bastion of consistency, competitiveness, and toughness. We’re going to miss the heck out of him.”
That description of Sherman is right on the money. While he’s no longer the best cover cornerback like he was a few years ago (he’s tied for 20th in Pro Football Focus’ rankings with a grade of 82.7), he’s never dropped below 80 and has been a constant presence in the Seahawks secondary since he was drafted in 2012.
The cornerback situation for the Seahawks has become extremely thin all of a sudden. Nickelback Jeremy Lane has dealt with injuries all season; he would’ve been traded to the Houston Texans for left tackle Duane Brown had he not failed a physical. That leaves Justin Coleman and rookie Shaquill Griffin as the starters, with special teamer Neiko Thorpe as the only other player on the roster.
Seattle also got bombarded with other injured players in addition to Sherman last night. Griffin had to leave with a shoulder injury, though he was able to return. Same goes for elite safety Kam Chancellor, who was briefly forced out with a stinger. There were numerous others hurt as well, including Brown and running back C.J. Prosise (both sprained ankle), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (hamstring) and linebacker Michael Wilhoite (calf). Though the team will have 10 days of rest to heal up, it certainly darkens an overall impressive win.