Richard Sherman missed a second straight day of Seahawks practice Thursday. But defensive coordinator Kris Richard seemed to indicate Sherman will play Sunday against the 49ers.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman missed a second straight practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury.
But defensive coordinator Kris Richard didn’t sound too worried that Sherman would miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
Sherman has played in all 97 regular season games with the Seahawks since entering the NFL in 2011 and has started 91 straight games, the longest-active streak on the team and the fourth-longest active streak among all NFL cornerbacks. And he has done that despite having missed more than a few practices through the years due to injury, even if he famously did not show up on the injury report last season when it was later revealed that he had a knee injury, which caused the NFL to consider penalizing the Seahawks before the league ultimately decided a gentle warning was enough.
Asked if he could consider what it would be like to play without Sherman since it has never happened before, Richard smiled and said “I’m not even considering that. It’s never happened here.”
In fact, some might be tempted to think the Seahawks are going to be overly cautious putting Sherman (or any player) on the injury report after what happened last season — Sherman was listed on the injury report last week with a thigh injury that had him officially listed as questionable for the game before he then started and went the entire way against Green Bay.
But Sherman sitting out two days with one injury means something appears to be going on. It’s not clear when Sherman got hurt since he played all 82 snaps Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Richard indicated the Seahawks are mostly just taking care of Sherman.
“Just being cautious with him,” Richard said. “We’ll see whether or not he is going to be available. I know he is preparing as if he is and will be available. But I think it will be coach’s decision.”
The good news for the Seahawks is that if Sherman had to miss the game against the 49ers the team feels a lot more comfortable about the cornerbacks who would have to play instead after their performance against the Packers.
If Sherman were to sit out Seattle would likely go with Jeremy Lane and Shaquill Griffin as the starters in the base defense with Justin Coleman as the nickelback.
Griffin, a rookie, played all but five snaps against the Packers after Lane was ejected, which also caused Coleman to have to play the rest of the way as the nickel.
“Literally they had to play a full game,” Richard said.
Coleman arrived via a trade with New England following the final exhibition game making Sunday’s game the first he played for Seattle of any kind.
“It was huge,” Richard said of what Coleman was able to do against the Packers. “Honestly it was a shame that we had to lose Jeremy on circumstances that were unfounded. And like I said it’s just human error and things like that happen. There is grace to be given there as shameful as that was. It certainly hurt to lose him — that play cost us a touchdown and we lost him. But the beauty of it is that we had guys ready to step up. Justin was here for maybe a week and he was able to kind of buy in.”
Griffin had been limited in practice on Wednesday while in the concussion protocol but was listed as a full participant on Thursday.
Linebacker Terence Garvin also missed his second straight practice Thursday with a shoulder injury while linebackers Michael Wilhoite (calf) and K.J. Wright (ankle) were each listed as limited. That’s an upgrade for Wright, who had been out on Wednesday and would seem to indicate a good chance he plays against the 49ers.
The rest of the team was listed as full participants, including running back Thomas Rawls. That Rawls was able to again go indicates he’ll make his season debut on Sunday against the 49ers.