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Pete Carroll: Richard Sherman was playing through MCL injury, DeShawn Shead has “significant injury”

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The Seattle Seahawks are out of the playoffs and for some the pain won’t go away any time soon — literally.

On Monday, head coach Pete Carroll revealed that cornerback Richard Sherman was playing through an MCL injury and that it weighed on him “mentally” for the second half of the season.

Sherman will have a while to heal now, so hopefully he is able to return in time for training camp and not miss any significant time. That doesn’t seem like it will be the case for DeShawn Shead though, unfortunately.

To be described as “a really long time” for a typically optimistic person like Carroll sounds bad, even without specifics. Perhaps especially without specifics. Shead is a restricted free agent who almost certainly will be brought back unless the team thinks that the injury will cause him to miss the entire 2017 season. In that case, they may not see a need to pay him for one year in which they know he won’t play. I’m sure they’d be first in line to sign Shead in 2018, and that Seattle would be his ideal destination anyway.