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Sherman misses practice, but expected to play

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm with 12 Comments »
December 21, 2012 2:09 pm

Cornerback Richard Sherman was not at practice for a second straight day, reportedly to attend his appeal with the league back in New York for allegedly violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Sherman is expected to play on Sunday.

“I’m anticipating that we’ll have him,” Carroll said. “I know nothing else at this point.

Carroll was asked about his concern with Sherman’s lack of practice time, and how that would affect his preparation in facing a different San Francisco quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.

“You need practice time,” Carroll said. “But he is as smart of football player as we have on our team. He’s totally into everything that we’re doing.

“We can tell when he’s not out there, because he is so sharp when he communicates to other guys. He knows when he left that he was preparing to miss a couple days, so we sent him a bunch of stuff. So he should be fine.”

Carroll also got a couple players back on the practice field again in cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond, who both have been nursing hamstring injuries.

Along with those two, receiver Sidney Rice (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday, according to Carroll. Rice, who’s also been dealing with a knee issue and a foot injury, did not practice all week.

“We’ll go all the way to game time with those guys,” Carroll said. “They’ll be a few of those guys that, they have to show us they can play.”

Carroll said with Rice that he feels fine right now, but the training staff has to see how he runs on game day.

“He thinks he’s playing,” Carroll said about Rice. “He feels like he’s going to.”

Defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle) practiced for a second straight day, and Carroll said he’s expected to play on Sunday.

Carroll said he did not anticipate the results of the knee injury suffered by Jason Jones that forced him to the injured reserve list.

“We were surprised by it,” Carroll said. “It happened in the game. He really didn’t feel it until the next day. And after we did all of the tests on it, we found out that he had torn cartilage and we’ve got to fix it. So that kind of popped up quickly on us. We’re real disappointed that we’re going to miss him, but we’ve got to get him right and get him fixed up.”

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  1. EastCoastFan51 says:

    It’s 5pm east coast time and its strange that there isn’t a decision from the NFL ….Is that good or bad news? Maybe sherman took Goodell out for dinner to help his cause! Kidding but hopefully we hear good news soon. Lets pound those whiners in to the turf

  2. The results from appeals hearings this late in the week are usually announced the following week.

  3. I hope/think that Sherman has some Ryan Braun in him!

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    Expect something before next Wednesday. If it comes after Wednesday he will be eligible for the Rams game.

  5. I almost wonder if Sherman should miss this game because the Seahawks need to win just 1 of their final 2 to capture the 5th seed (and play the NFC East “champion”). Then Sherman would miss only 2 postseason games and be available for the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl.

    I’m also assuming he loses the appeal, which may or may not be the case.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Players don’t get to determine their own suspensions. That is, voluntarily sitting out a game wouldn’t take a game off his potential suspension.

    Great news that Thurmond is back on the field. They’ll need him Sunday, to be sure.

  7. I was hypothesizing if it would be better for the appeal decision to come down today vs next week. The point is, it probably hurts the Seahawks more if he is suspended and it starts with the Rams game.

  8. Seattle doesnt win 2 playoff games without Sherman.

  9. Let’s not forget where we all were last year when Tru went down and this unknown guy named Sherman had to step in. Not too many folks thoiught we had a chance to win anything with unproven corners that appeared to be leftovers from the CFL and Stanford’s WR corp. Turned out pretty good if you ask me.

    So….next man up!

  10. thursday says:

    Sherman tweeted about 30 minutes ago that he is playing on Sunday…in case anyone was still with doubts lol

  11. Good to hear

  12. Sherman is best suited for one side of the field – so I hope they don’t flip him from side to side this week – IMO he had some troubles with that last week.

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