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Pete Carroll anticipates Richard Sherman will play Sunday night

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was in New York Friday for his appeal of the four-game suspension he received from the league for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Everyone’s still waiting to hear the results of that appeal, but, via Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR Radio, coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he anticipates having Sherman in the lineup against the 49ers. Sherman missed practice on both Thursday and Friday to travel to the league office for the appeal. Ed Werder of ESPN is reporting that the team doesn’t expect to hear anything from the league until next week about Sherman’s status.

Brandon Browner is currently serving his own four-game suspension for violating the PED policy, which would leave the Seahawks very short at corner if Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant aren’t able to play. Both players missed last week’s 50-17 win against the Bills and are game-time decisions this week after being able to practice on Friday. Their absence didn’t hurt the Seahawks against Buffalo, but the 49ers are a bit more likely to make a team pay for missing bodies on the defense.

If Sherman’s suspension is upheld next week, he’ll miss Week 17 and up to three Seahawks playoff games assuming the Seahawks wind up with a spot in the postseason. Browner would be eligible to return in the team’s first playoff game.

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28 Responses to “Pete Carroll anticipates Richard Sherman will play Sunday night”
  1. goldrush4949 says: Dec 21, 2012 4:58 PM

    There’s going to be some hitting on Sunday night.

  2. tennis22drew says: Dec 21, 2012 5:01 PM

    Conspiracy theory! They knew it would take a while for the appeal so they had 1 guy serve, and another guy appeal so that they have at least one of the 2 for each game.

  3. robert831 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:08 PM

    This appeal should have already happened weeks ago. This is garbage, if they allow him to play. Dude failed the test, his union agreed too, end of story.

  4. supremekingz says: Dec 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    Good. I prefer them at full strength when they lose to the Niners. I want Trufant to play too. No excuses

  5. jboyxl73 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    Nice to know you can play with the system to suit your needs , why bother having rules about PED’s if the players can find loop holes I’m the system

  6. allday38 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:40 PM

    If you think Trufant is any sort of intrical part of the defense, you don’t know much about the Seattle defense. The guy hasn’t been good since 2009. Thurmond would be the corner you’d want in there if you want the Hawks at full strength. This is going to be a great game. Glad the NFCW will finally be in the spotlight, showcasing that there is great football on the westcoast.

  7. seahawkfan4evr says: Dec 21, 2012 6:10 PM

    “robert831 says:
    Dec 21, 2012 5:08 PM
    This appeal should have already happened weeks ago. This is garbage, if they allow him to play. Dude failed the test, his union agreed too, end of story.”

    Oh man your right what is this country coming too when someone isnt guilty immediatly without any appeal and is forced to suffer for their misdeeds without a proper trail………………oh wait.

  8. olyhawk says: Dec 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    This will be one of the most hostile games in history. Hope both teams bring their bests, could be the game of the year.

  9. ShimSham says: Dec 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    Pretty ridiculous Seattle has been able to space out all of their suspensions through appeals.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2012 6:36 PM

    The Seataints against the Niners. Should be good.

  11. bucketman9 says: Dec 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    Imagine that, Pete Carrol’s players are dirty also. I really hope they end up coming to Green Bay in the playoffs so we can really see who is the better team since they “earned” that win according to Pete.

  12. seatown206 says: Dec 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Browner takes the rap…. Sherm-D accidentally took a sip of his purple drank

  13. themackstrong says: Dec 21, 2012 7:24 PM

    Green Bay fans whine even more than the players. Get over it, the season is almost over. You guys are as hated as Pats fans these days.

  14. brianforster says: Dec 21, 2012 7:55 PM

    is there any explanation how he was able to delay his appeal this long but jordan blacks happened so much quicker?

  15. msclemons67 says: Dec 21, 2012 8:53 PM

    Slippery Pete keeps on skirting punishment for cheating.

  16. dstep24 says: Dec 21, 2012 9:02 PM

    While Aldon Smith is driving drunk to knife fights and not getting punished for it, Niner fans are worried about Sherman’s appeal being delayed. Ha. I would worry too, with that mediocre WR group.

  17. clssylssy says: Dec 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    The fix is in and was from the beginning of the season when the Cheathawks played the Packers. The coach lied then setting an example for his players to cheat so it should come as no big surprise that his players are now “performance enhanced”. Never thought I’d see the day I’d be cheering for the 9ers! Hope to see the hags ground and pounded on Monday night!

  18. citynative says: Dec 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    You gotta love when Seahawk fans call others ‘whiners’ regarding the refs. They still complain about how they lost the Super Bowl because of the refs……. 7 years ago.

  19. sprinklepee says: Dec 21, 2012 9:57 PM

    Does Optimus realize yet that they deemed BumbleBee Browner more important for a playoff run? How they put it to ya brah? “Uh OP, Your cool and all but we need Bumble to Rumble in the playoffs in order to be successful, we coo right?”

    I’d be quiet to after that…

  20. yourmomcalled says: Dec 21, 2012 11:22 PM

    Yes there will be! Toe to toe, punching each other in the mouth! Good luck Niners.

  21. hawktimusprime says: Dec 22, 2012 1:00 AM

    I am tired of the Pete Carroll cheating jokes. The truth will come out about Optimus Prime next week. Until then, yes he plays against the Whiners. Its called Due Process! The League is the one who has delayed this appeal, not Shermans camp. The Hawks will put on a display Sunday night. 49ers most over-rated team in the league. One time division leaders since Hawks joined the NFC West.

  22. dstep24 says: Dec 22, 2012 2:35 AM

    Ah, the bells of jealousy ringing loudly here at PFT.

    I’ll just translate all the hate, and make it easy for everyone….

    “I can’t come to terms with the fact that my team didn’t find an All-Pro cornerback in the 5th round, and Seattle did, so…I don’t think it’s fair that he gets to appeal his suspension like everyone else does…”

    And as for Niners fans…

    “We don’t want him on the field on Sunday. He scares us. Don’t let him appeal, please.”

  23. Derwin Worrell says: Dec 22, 2012 3:43 AM

    First off, Browner dropped his appeal and decided to take his punishment. That’s why he serving his punishment now. Sherman has a right to an appeal. He’ll play on Sunday. The NFL doesn’t normally suspend a player after the Wednesday practice week starts. If he doesn’t get a verdict by Tuesday, he’ll play week #17. Also with Christmas coming up, that can further delay it.

  24. joetoronto says: Dec 22, 2012 5:49 AM

    “Pete Carroll anticipates Richard Sherman will play Sunday night”

    Lying, cheating, scumbag says what?

  25. seeingwhatsticks says: Dec 22, 2012 5:59 AM

    seahawkfan4evr says:
    Dec 21, 2012 6:10 PM
    “robert831 says:
    Dec 21, 2012 5:08 PM
    This appeal should have already happened weeks ago. This is garbage, if they allow him to play. Dude failed the test, his union agreed too, end of story.”

    Oh man your right what is this country coming too when someone isnt guilty immediatly without any appeal and is forced to suffer for their misdeeds without a proper trail………………oh wait.

    ———————————————————-

    He has a right to his appeal but why does it take so long to schedule it, and then once it’s over why isn’t the verdict immediate? The threshold for winning an appeal is very high and as far as I know the only ways to win are to show that the process for storing and testing the sample was not consistent with best practices (like Ryan Braun did). Beyond something like that a player really can’t win even if the drug was in a supplement that didn’t have the drug listed as an ingredient (that’s why the league’s all have approved supplement lists). It doesn’t matter if whoever is hearing his case believes it was an accident. This whole process shouldn’t take more than a week, especially since I believe the test he failed was in September.

  26. jeffesky says: Dec 22, 2012 6:51 AM

    look up the song “JIM HARBAUGH STYLE” on you tube.

  27. wodiamond says: Dec 22, 2012 8:23 PM

    “@Citynative says: Dec 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    You gotta love when Seahawk fans call others ‘whiners’ regarding the refs. They still complain about how they lost the Super Bowl because of the refs……. 7 years ago.”

    Maybe you should check all your facts before making an asinine comment like this. I think you’d be upset too when your team clearly gets screwed – and then during Matt Hasselbeck’s last season in Seattle, the head referee of Superbowl XL personally apologized to Matt before a home game – admitting that many of the calls that cost the Seahawks were incorrect and that his conscious had been so guilty about that game, that he had issues sleeping years after the actual game.

  28. citynative says: Dec 22, 2012 11:39 PM

    @wodiamond

    Thanks for illustrating my point for me.

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