The backup cornerback, who suffered a broken arm and torn anterior cruciate knee ligament while returning an interception during the Super Bowl, could miss the start of the 2015 season.
INDIANAPOLIS — Turns out, the play on which Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was injured during the first quarter of the Super Bowl was even worse than initially thought.
Seattle general manager John Schneider revealed Thursday that along with suffering a broken arm, Lane tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in a knee, an injury that requires surgery and could mean he won’t be available for the start of the 2015 season.
Lane was injured while being upended by New England receiver Julian Edelman after making an interception in the end zone.
“Hurt his knee and shattered his wrist on the same play,’’ Schneider said.
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ACL injuries usually require at least a nine-month recovery.
The injury was critical in the game because the Seahawks had decided not to put Marcus Burley — a backup at nickelback — on the active roster, instead choosing to keep backup safety Steven Terrell active. Having Terrell active was insurance after strong safety Kam Chancellor injured a knee in practice two days before.
With Lane out and Burley unavailable, Seattle went with Tharold Simon as the third cornerback, and the Patriots often threw at the second-year player from Louisiana State.
Lane’s injury also compounds a somewhat uncertain Seattle secondary .
Cornerback Byron Maxwell is an unrestricted free agent and regarded by many as one of the top available players at his spot. He’s likely to be offered a contract that Seattle — already paying big money to defensive backs Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman — won’t be able to match.
Schneider hinted at that Thursday, saying the team has already had some “great discussions’’ with Maxwell’s representatives but, “I would think his market will be very strong.’’
“He’s a heck of a kid, a heck of a player, but we are going to keep doing things the way we started here,’’ Schneider said. “Just keep drafting people and playing young people and trying to keep the players that we can keep, try to identify the players that we have to reward and make those tough decisions about players that are under contract that you may have to let go to create some cap room.”
Schneider also confirmed Thomas will have surgery soon to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
However, Schneider said he is not concerned that Thomas won’t be available for the start of the season.
“It’s a normal procedure, so he should do well,’’ Schneider said. “We are going to monitor him and make sure we do what’s best for the long term.’’
In better news, it appears Chancellor might not need surgery on his knee and Sherman apparently will not need surgery on the elbow he injured in the NFC Championship Game.
Still, the potential loss of Maxwell and injury to Lane mean Seattle is likely to add some cornerbacks either in the draft or free agency.
Quinn still dealing with Super Bowl
Former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, now the Atlanta head coach, revealed his duties with the Falcons meant he didn’t have a chance to watch video of the Super Bowl until Sunday.
As might be expected, it was tough viewing as Quinn watched the Seahawks give up 28 points.
“It was really hard just to see the end,’’ he said. “But I did want to go through it because there was still this lingering spot in my mind to say, ‘How could it have gone the other way?’ ’’
Quinn said the patience of New England’s offense and quarterback Tom Brady to accept and execute check-down throws to running backs was one factor. Another was missed tackles.
“I don’t know how many there were, but more than we would like,’’ Quinn said.