During Thursday’s 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Seahawks star cornerback ruptured his Achilles while trying to defend a pass in the third quarter. Sherman appeared on the Seahawks injury report leading up to the game with an Achilles injury. Sherman said that it has been bothering him all season.
“I knew what was happening,” Sherman said, via the team’s website. “It has been bothering me all season. It was one of those things you just had to play through as long as you can, then when it goes, it goes. … Because every game matters in this league, every game matters. You go out there and play for your teammates. Go out there and try to give them all you’ve got, because they deserve it. That’s what I did; I wanted to give my team the best chance to win. We were kind of beat up at corner anyway, didn’t want to put the young guys in a hard spot.”
So what do the Seahawks do without that start cornerback who has never missed a game in his entire career? The good news for Seattle is their next game is not until next Monday, giving them 11 days of rest after their game against Arizona. They will have time to go through all the possibilities of what they want to do and be able to decide with plenty of time to implement that player into the starting lineup.
For now, they can use the depth they currently have at the position. Seattle can put Jeremy Lane at the starting left cornerback and keep Shaquill Griffin opposite of him with Justin Coleman as the nickelback. It is ironic that Lane will likely be Sherman’s replacement, as just two weeks ago, Seattle sent him to Houston in the Duane Brown. A failed physical a couple of days later, and he is back in Seattle as depth that the Seahawks really need now that Sherman is hurt.
Lane was the starting right cornerback entering the season, but injuries caused him to miss games. In the games that he missed, rookie Griffin played very well, and forced the Seattle coaching staff’s hands to start him. Lane became in disgruntled in his new role, basically playing as the fourth cornerback. In the games that Lane missed, Coleman also played very well as the nickelback. Seattle could do much worse than starting Lane, and the team is most likely happy to have him back on the team given the scenario they are currently in.
Seattle also has players returning from injury that can help fill Sherman’s shoes. Currently on the PUP list is last year’s starter Deshawn Shead. Shead has not played since tearing his ACL in the playoffs, but he could be ready to practice in the coming days. If he was healthy, he would be the obvious choice to fill in Sherman’s spot. Once Shead starts to practice, he likely wouldn’t play a game until three weeks after starting to practice.
The Seahawks could also decide to bring a player in off the street to fill the spot. One player that makes the most sense is free agent Byron Maxwell. The 29-year-old is a former Seahawk, but ever since leaving the team in free agency for a big contract, has not fit in with any other team. He was cut by Miami a couple of weeks ago.
With the familiarity with the player, the Seahawks should at least bring him in for a tryout. It will give them more depth, as they currently only have four healthy cornerbacks. But it will also give them a player that thrived in the system, and could go back to playing like his old self, which would be very welcomed for a team that is losing an All-Pro cornerback.