The Seattle Seahawks prevailed 22-16 over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, but the win on the scoreboard has been overshadowed by the devastating injury to cornerback Richard Sherman. Seattle’s All-Pro cornerback was questionable with an Achilles injury heading into Thursday’s game, and he ended up rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Pete Carroll said Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles, out for year. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) November 10, 2017
Further tests will be run on Sherman, but it’s most likely that he’ll require surgery. This is the same injury that affected Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who went down on opening night against the New England Patriots. So two of the best secondary players in the NFL will not be a part of their respective teams’ postseason runs.
Sherman has been a beacon of health, having never missed a game since the Seahawks drafted him in 2011. That streak will come to an end, not too far away from the one-year anniversary of Earl Thomas’ season-changing broken leg against the Carolina Panthers.
Shaquill Griffin, who hurt his shoulder vs. Arizona but later came back in the game, will now presumably be the team’s #1 cornerback, so he’ll have a lot of growing up to do at the most pivotal stretch for the Seahawks.
Kam Chancellor left the game late in the 4th quarter with a stinger, but hearts were surely in the collective mouths of Seahawks fans when news circulated that he was carted off. Delano Hill filled in for him in the closing stages.
Running back C.J. Prosise was unsurprisingly injured in his return to action. Not only did he exit with an ankle injury, it was his other ankle. You just can’t make this up.
This post will be updated as Carroll goes through more injury announcements (of which there were many). Other Seahawks who suffered injuries and did not return include the following:
DT Jarran Reed (hamstring)
LT Duane Brown (ankle) - Update: Carroll says Brown sprained his ankle, but severity is unknown
LB Michael Wilhoite (calf)
DT Sheldon Richardson and DE Frank Clark (collided into each other)