Sherman exited the game in the third quarter and did not return. He says he expects to undergo surgery after swelling in the Achilles goes down in the next few days.
“No coming back from that until you get surgery,” head coach Pete 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, who has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011, said his Achilles has been bothering him all season and that he has tried to avoid making any drastic cuts. On the play in which he was hurt, Sherman said the defense was playing Cover 2 and that he was going for an interception.
“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.”
In a text message to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Sherman later said, “I’m gonna be back with a vengeance.” He also posted his thoughts on Twitter.
Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers! I️ will do everything in my Power to come back faster and stronger than ever. Until then I️ will be here to cheer my teammates on! I️ sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support! Means a lot to me.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 10, 2017
Sherman was on Seattle’s injury report last week because of his Achilles. He was listed as a non-participant all three days, though the team held walk-throughs, and his participation was an estimation of what would have occurred in a normal practice.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Brady Henderson