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Seahawks confident Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will be ready for Super Bowl
Richard Sherman’s left elbow is sore. But his sense of humor is just fine.
Wednesday, when the Seahawks began on-field preparations for their Feb. 1 matchup with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, Sherman was at left cornerback. But free safety Earl Thomas watched the workout from either the end zone or the sideline. The All-Pro duo was injured in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, but each is expected to play – and is expecting to play – against the Patriots.
“They’re remarkable,” defensive backs coach Kris Richard said after Wednesday’s practice. “They mean exactly what they say, in regards that they play for their brother. And they weren’t going to let anything knock them out of that football game.
“They knew that we needed them out there. We’re at our best when they’re out there and they’re at their best. Unfortunately, they may not have been 100 percent. But they still were good enough and strong enough to come out there and help us.”
Earlier, Sherman was asked about the range of motion with his left arm and elbow.
“If I had to slap my brother, I’d be able to do it,” he said, laughing.
Asked about his comment after the game that he would indeed play in the Super Bowl, he offered, “That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.”
When the line of questioning turned to whether the elbow would limit his play, Sherman said, “My left stiff-arm might not be the greatest right now, but I think other than that I’ll be pretty decent.”
And pretty decent also describes the way Sherman and Thomas performed on Sunday, after getting injuries that would have rendered lesser competitors sideline spectators.
“It did not feel great at all. Not fun,” Sherman said. “It wasn’t a fun down for me. But I got him down and we were off the field.”
Thomas, meanwhile, injured his shoulder while ramming Randall Cobb out of bounds. On the Packers’ first play of the second half, Thomas used the same shoulder to drive 230-pound Eddie Lacy out of bounds after a 2-yard gain.
“Earl hurt his shoulder and came back and he hits Lacy on the sideline with the harnessed shoulder as hard as he could possibly hit a guy and knocked him out of bounds,” coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “That’s just total guts.”
As Richard put it, “Earl didn’t change his style. Not one bit. He only knows one way. And that’s the beauty of him. It’s fearlessness and tons of faithfulness.”
That also was Thomas and Sherman just being Thomas and Sherman – putting team success above individual injury.
“Not a shadow of a doubt. Not a shadow of a doubt,” Richard said. “You sit him down on the bench and you ask him, ‘Hey, can you go? Can you do it?’ And I fully expect for them to tell me the truth. So when they look at me and tell them they can go and they’re capable, I trust them, I believe in them and I let them go.”
And that will continue to be the question: Can Thomas and Sherman go in the biggest game of the year?
“We still have time for him to recover,” Richard said of Sherman. “We have a great medical staff here. So they’ll have a plan in regards to his recovery, his treatment and he’ll be on top of it. So by the time we get to game time and throughout this course of preparation, he’ll be able to see it and test it and see what he actually will be able to do.”
And Thomas? “No doubts,” Richard said. “He’s preparing. And again, he doesn’t know any other way. Right now, he just needs rest. So we’re going to give him all the rest that he needs. He has to be on top of the mental reps, which he will be because that’s just what he does.” Read