The Seattle Seahawks are headed back to the Super Bowl, and Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman has vowed to be there with them.
Sherman suffered an elbow injury in Sunday’s comeback win over the Green Bay Packers, playing a large portion of the second half with his arm tight against his body, unable to move. Though Sherman may have injured elbow ligaments, he has said he would “100 percent” play in the Super Bowl.
Richard Sherman reportedly pinched an ulnar nerve in his arm during the game, which left him unable to move it. He was actually injured when colliding with a teammate in the second half as he pushed Green Bay Packers running back James Starks out of bounds. Despite being in obvious pain, Sherman refused to leave the game.
Richard Sherman was a big reason why the Seattle Seahawks won on Sunday. He intercepted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the first drive of the game, and made some key tackles even after being injured.
The Seahawks won in dramatic fashion, scoring a touchdown with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 19-14. After recovering an onside kick, the Seahawks marched down the field and scored the go-ahead touchdown, converting a two-point conversion to gain a 3-point lead.
Despite an Aaron Rodgers-led drive to tie the game, Seattle ended the drama quickly in overtime with a six-play scoring drive that covered 87 yards in just 3:19, ending with a game-winning touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.
Though he has vowed to play in the Super Bowl, Richard Sherman may still be ruled out after being examined. As ProFootballTalk noted, even if he does play, Sherman could be putting his team at a disadvantage.
“While it’s one thing to finish the game with the injury (which showed considerable grit from Sherman), it’ll be quite another if the injury requires surgery or results in significant swelling once the adrenaline wears off. And if the team’s opponent in the Super Bowl has two weeks to prepare a game plan for a one-armed Richard Sherman, it will be a lot easier to exploit him.”
If Richard Sherman does plan to return from his injury and play in the Super Bowl, he will have time on his side. The Seattle Seahawks now have two weeks before they meet the New England Patriots in Arizona for the Super Bowl.
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