Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a ruptured Achilles during the team’s 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night and will miss the remainder of the season, head coach Pete Carroll announced during his post-game press conference.
Carroll said Sherman will have surgery after the swelling goes down.
“No coming back from that until you get surgery,” 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 sustained the injury during the third quarter after getting tangled with Cardinals receiver John Brown and did not return to the game. He appeared to know right away that it was a serious injury.
“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.”
Sherman was able to limp around the sideline, and seemed to tell quarterback Russell Wilson that he was “out for the year,” before hugging him.
“He’s one of the best teammates you can ask for, one of the hardest working guys,” Wilson said after the game. “It’s unfortunate. You can’t replace Richard Sherman, you just can’t do it”
The NBC broadcast appeared to show him mouth the words “I tore my Achilles” twice while he was on the sideline, where he remained standing in full uniform but without his helmet.
Does look like Richard Sherman said “tore my Achilles” here. Would not be good. pic.twitter.com/J7kSmX35zZ
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 10, 2017
Before walking off the field after the game, Sherman hugged Cardinals players, saying a prayer with Patrick Peterson.
Sherman was on Seattle’s injury report last week because of his Achilles. He was listed as a non-participant all three days and was listed as questionable coming into Thursday night’s game, as he was unable to practice as recently as Tuesday.
The Injury bug has took a big bite out of the Seahawks during Thursday night’s game. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed (hamstring) and left tackle Duane Brown (ankle) both left in the first half. Running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) left in the third quarter.
Sherman has been an outspoken opponent against Thursday night football, saying it’s hypocritical of the NFL to promote player safety in other areas, only to require teams to play after only three days off. Sherman called Thursday night football a “poopfest” last season in The Player’s Tribune and referred to it as “terrible” just this week.
He has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011.
In eight games this year, Sherman had 31 combined tackles, 22 total tackles and two interceptions.