Richard Sherman had knee injury, Seahawks didn’t report it

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For much of the 2016 season and into this year’s playoffs, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman would get days off practice that the Seahawks would claim on their official injury report were “not injury related.”

Now the Seahawks are admitting that an injury did affect Sherman for much of the season.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today on 710 ESPN in Seattle that Sherman suffered an MCL injury during the season. Carroll said the injury was affecting Sherman both physically and mentally.

That raises an obvious question: Why did the Seahawks’ injury report repeatedly list Sherman’s days off as “not injury related” when an injury was affecting him physically and mentally? The whole point of the injury report is that the NFL wants teams to be transparent about which players are ailing and which players are healthy. The Seahawks were less than transparent.

Carroll surely believes the Seahawks’ decision not to list Sherman on the injury report was true to the letter of the law, or else he wouldn’t have mentioned it today. And he might be right: Not every bump and bruise has to be listed on the injury report, and if the Seahawks were certain Sherman was going to be able to play through the injury, they may be in the clear as far as the league office is concerned.

Still, it’s odd that Carroll is talking about injuries affecting Sherman now, when the official word from the Seahawks all season was “not injury related.”

87 responses to “Richard Sherman had knee injury, Seahawks didn’t report it

  1. Look, Seahawks, you lost, okay? Falcons played better. It’s not because Tom Brady had some easy path to the playoffs or Sherman had a bad knee.

    Just take it and don’t make excuses or complain.

    You’ll have a super-easy division next year, too, so you will have more chances to fail to come up big in the playoffs, don’t worry.

  2. $1 million and First round draft pick GONE!!!! oh wait, Carroll’s not caching the Patriots any more, ok, 7th round they’ll move down a slot plus a $1K fine

  3. Dont you ever talk bout me!!! Im the best!!!

    Good excuse for being totally schooled by Julio Jones Saturday. Funny how the loudmouth had nothing to say after the game. Whats the matter Sherm? You can cover Crabtree but not Jones?

    Legion of Boom gone Legion of Gloom. Love watching Sherman get lit. If it wasnt for him I would actually cheer for the Seachickens now and then.

  4. Pete Carroll, Chief Excuse Maker, er Head Coach of the Seahawks, why bring it up other than to make excuses for the loss and the defenses getting abused up and down the field.

  5. Pete Carroll won the Patriots a Super Bowl trying to get Russell Wilson the MVP instead of Marshawn Lynch by calling that stupid pass play, so go easy on him.

  6. Again, Typical (expletive) Seahawks.
    What an organization. Wrong end on the scoreboard? Let’s resort to low-class play and if that doesn’t work, well there’s always the excuse route. Un(expletive)believable…

  7. “Carroll said the injury was affecting Sherman both physically and mentally.”
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    Sure it was an “injury”. The only thing Dick Sherman “injured” was his massive ego. It couldn’t possibly be the fact that this diva simply sucked and isn’t as good his mouth says he is. The drug testing must be much more strict and he can’t take Adderall anymore. The Legion of Gloom got paid and decided to not try as hard anymore.

  8. 2 SB appearances in 6 seasons, kids. 4 Division championships, 5 straight seasons with the top scoring defense in football. Ooze your jealousy all ya want folks – when the Falcons got two straight SB’s and put on that kind of defensive clinic with 5th and 6th round picks for that long, come find me and I’ll listen to your pot shots.

    Your top pick QB had BETTER do something good after all that money you spent on him. And your all-world WR had BETTER be your go-to guy this time of year. That’s expected. Nobody expects a 3rd round QB at 5’11, to do what Russell Wilson has done, with an average OL, at best, his entire career. That said, I hope the Falcons win – it would be that much more proof that Pete Carroll’s system and philosophy works (you’re welcome for Dan Quinn).

  9. So the Patriots punishment in deflategate, regardless of whether balls were or were not deflated, was partially because of their history of skirting the rules. With that being the precedent, the Seahawks have been fined how many times for skirting the practice rules??? I think this is a culture of rules violations. Time to come down with the hammer Goodell… just saying

  10. Kneegate? I’m sure Fraudger Goofdell will get right onto it after investigating the Colts’ Ribgate.

  11. But … precedence has already been set with the Liars Club at NFL HQ failing to discipline IND for similar lack of disclosure of Luck’s injury(s) last year. So, since it wasn’t NE, nothing to see here folks. Move along.

  12. Outside of the 2012 PED laden season where they had multiple suspensions, including Sherman whose was overturn on a technicality, not because he was innocent…. they have not won a Super Bowl.

    0 Super Bowl wins since Adderall-gate.

  13. He’s willing to pay the fine in order to protect Sherman ego and reputation…..Atlanta was killing him on Saturday….

  14. if this was the Patriots there’d be a loss of a draft pick.. I’m not a Pats fan but come on fair is fair, time to punish all teams the same

  15. Not a big deal in my book. I don’t care what the rule is but I say that if the player is in no danger of missing the game or significant time in that game because of injury they should not be telling their opponents where it hurts. I would even argue that as a player safety issue. Hate the Seahawks on principle but not so naive to think they are the only ones doing this. Also a convenient excuse for a season that was a little under par from what we are used to from him.

  16. LOL at bitter Pats trolls.

    The man played, and played well enough you couldn’t even tell he was hurt.

    Once again, Richard Sherman…better at life than you.

  17. The only injuries that affect Richard’s ability to be a top corner happen to the Safeties that cover his butt over the top.

    Notice how his level of play goes down as the safeties do?

  18. I’m not a Seahawk fan, but I like the way Pete and John have built their team and how they run their organization.

    This year was an unmitigated DISASTER for them.

    I *hope* they can use this loss as motivation for next year, the same way they used the 2012 loss in Atlanta.

    I suspect this is the game where it all comes completely off the tracks though. The talent level has fallen off a bit, and they’ve lost some great coaches… but something is not right in that lockeroom. Pete can talk all he wants about their ‘window’ still being open.. but it sure seems like his players aren’t on the same page with him right now.

  19. Amazing that PC would even have the audacity to come out and say this. Anyone doubt what would happen to the Pats if BB did/said this? Guess he’s trying to give cover for RS, but still… .

  20. No different than a fighter injured in training. Why tell your opponent where you are injured if you are still able to fight? Hats off to the Seahawks for knowing the opposing teams QB nine times out of ten would not throw his way on a healthy day, thus bluffed that side of the field. Genius!

  21. Amazing that the Seahawks were able to win that “hard” division they have to play in with Sherman injured like that. The 49ers,Rams, and a washed-up Carson Palmer-led Cardinals team that imploded this year. Karma came calling on Saturday and there will be more if the NFL makes the punishment as it should be. Sherman, go rehab your bum knee alongside your buddy, “sour grapes” Earl Thomas.

  22. Oh boy…. Seattle is messing with something far greater (in Goodells eyes) than the integrity of the game
    THE INTEGRITY IF THE BETTING LINE!!!
    Dont be surprised to see multiple draft picks and millions in fines

  23. I downloaded and read the 2016 rules on reporting. They are not nearly as clear as many of the posters believe nor are the fines as stiff. Failing to report an injury to a player who plays through the injury hasn’t cost a team more than a $15,000 fine.

    There is no provision for the loss of a draft pick. There is also a provision for reporting to the NFL with the league office determining if further disclosure is required.

    Given that Pete was willing to talk about this on local radio and to local print reporters, I’m guessing he knows already that he and the team aren’t in any jeopardy.

  24. RegisHawk says:
    Jan 16, 2017 2:41 PM
    LOL at bitter Pats trolls.

    The man played, and played well enough you couldn’t even tell he was hurt.

    Once again, Richard Sherman…better at life than you.—————————————————————————–
    Seriously, you lost. Sherman got roasted. Seahawks tried to get away with breaking a rule. The team is crumbling, it’s over. Time to choose a new bandwagon to hop on.

  25. Russell Wilson played with an ankle sprain. What’s the big deal. Every player probably has something hurting by the end of the year.

  26. Pete has never had the ethics of a normal person, as witnessed by his disavowel of anything relating to USC probation.

  27. “I downloaded and read the 2016 rules on reporting. They are not nearly as clear as many of the posters believe nor are the fines as stiff. Failing to report an injury to a player who plays through the injury hasn’t cost a team more than a $15,000 fine.
    There is no provision for the loss of a draft pick. ”

    Well I don’t think the NFL follows the rules as they should. I’m certain that the rule book does not allow a 4 game suspension for an alleged equipment violation by a player who did not actually do the alleged physical tampering, tampering that also could be proven as true or false through science.

  28. If the Colts got away not reporting Luck’s injuries, why not the Seahawks too? At least, maybe, Goodell will be consistent with this one and let the Hawks off. They also let the Steelers walk off with the Giants’ complain of 2 deflated footballs. Goodell let the Colts and the Giants get away with inserting needles in the football too. At least Goodell is consistent with being inconsistent. Not much consolation with the Patriots, though. Oh well…

  29. fearsome4 says:
    Jan 16, 2017 2:03 PM
    I heard they were going to rename defensive holding “Shermanizing” in honor of this guy.

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    Yeah, I long for the day when a referee will call it “like it is” and, after the flag, say, “Mugging! Number 25 defense! Ten yard penalty. FIRST DOWN offense!” That’s what his holding is, it’s mugging.

  30. streetyson says:
    Jan 16, 2017 2:07 PM
    Kneegate? I’m sure Fraudger Goofdell will get right onto it after investigating the Colts’ Ribgate.

    And don’t forget the big Mrs. Peyton Manning HGHgate investigation.

  31. Sherman’s knee has a Stanford degree and is better at life than the rest of us. Of course it gets to play by different rules. Now shut up, or he’ll ruin our careers.

  32. kevpft says:

    Look, Seahawks, you lost, okay? Falcons played better. It’s not because Tom Brady had some easy path to the playoffs or Sherman had a bad knee.

    Just take it and don’t make excuses or complain.

    You’ll have a super-easy division next year, too, so you will have more chances to fail to come up big in the playoffs, don’t worry.
    ———————————————————————
    Yeah ’cause those Super Bowls didn’t happen.

  33. mgilbert007 says:

    dstep24- its over friend. The window has closed and you know it. The Patriots killed your one year dynasty.
    —————————————————————–
    I’m pretty sure a team with Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett, Thomas Rawls, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Frank Clark, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril still has an open window.

    Just a guess.

  34. mgilbert007 says:
    Jan 16, 2017 2:14 PM
    dstep24- its over friend. The window has closed and you know it. The Patriots killed your one year dynasty.

    ___

    You would have a point, had Seattle not gotten younger this year. Or, had they lost a key FA contributor going into next year (Seattle’s kicker is the only noteable free agent). Or, had Russell Wilson not had a torn MCL for 3/4th’s of the season, and a high ankle sprain for nearly as long. Or had they not lost their All-Pro FS with 5 weeks left, and their All-Pro SS for several weeks earlier in the year. If the decline (if that’s what we’re calling another 10-win season and division championship), was accompanied by a decline in various players’ performance, and salary cap problems, I think you’d have a point. Trust me, I’ve thought about it too. They’re obviously not a SB contender in their current state. But with everyone healthy and some improvements on the O-Line, tell my why they can’t be next year? Love you.

  35. This is just Petey’s way of protecting Sherman’s very fragile ego.
    Face it, Sherman was totally exposed as a mouth without substance. He got smoked.
    He’s really just a pretty good corner. When things are in his favor.
    He’s not a great corner and never will be.

  36. Taking a page from Bill Belichick’s playbook. He’s been doing things like this with the injury report for over a decade.

  37. Understand, he is NOT their biggest star. He is their biggest mouth with a microphone. There are a lot of others that contribute more and say less that prove their worth by their actions on the field, not with their mouth later on. The noisiest cog gets the (media) grease but it’s the quiet ones that are moving the team by their skill. And Seattle is not shy about shoving a microphone in his face.

  38. Remember last year when it was revealed that JJ Watt had torn abdominal muscles and everyone was like “wow, that guy’s tough”. But if it’s Sherman and the Seahawks all of the sudden they cheated.

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