Richard Sherman’s timing was far better than his latest game result.
The Seahawks scheduled surgery for Earl Thomas’ dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. The All-Pro safety played Sunday’s Super Bowl with that, and the team wants him to get it fixed quickly so he has almost all the offseason to heal.
Kam Chancellor played that title game with a torn knee ligament that may or may not need surgery.
Seattle’s always-eventful secondary keeps making news, even with the season finished.
Four days after playing in the excruciating Super Bowl loss to New England while assured that his girlfriend Ashley Moss wasn’t yet going into labor and avoiding a potentially weighty decision whether to play, the Seahawks All-Pro cornerback announced Thursday the birth of a little No. 25.
“My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15… Is it a coincidence or is he just that clever?! Either way I’m ecstatic,” Sherman tweeted.
The little guy already has a babysitter in waiting, Russell Wilson.
“@RSherman_25 so happy for you bud!!! You are going to be an amazing dad! Love you bro! Let me make if u need me to babysit!” Wilson responded on Twitter.
Later Thursday, the Seahawks scheduled Thomas for shoulder surgery.
Thomas’ agent David Mulugheta confirmed to The Associated Press earlier in the day his client and All-Pro safety needs the procedure, which ESPN first reported.
Coach Pete Carroll had said Monday on the team’s way out of Arizona that Thomas had damage to his labrum inside the joint from Thomas’ left shoulder popping out during the NFC championship game Jan. 18. Thomas missed three plays of that game before returning to play with a brace on his shoulder. He played the Super Bowl in much the same condition.
So the Seahawks secondary played Super Bowl 49 with three guys needing surgeries: Thomas, Sherman (ligament in elbow), and nickel back Jeremy Lane, who left in the first quarter after breaking his arm returning an interception of Tom Brady out of the end zone. A fourth, Chancellor, played the entire game with a torn medial collateral lateral ligament in his left knee.
Chancellor banged his left knee on the next-to-last play of last Friday’s practice. The league’s pool report from that closed workout said Chancellor fell, was helped up, walked off the field without a limp but had the knee wrapped. He was listed as probable to play.
The Seahawks don’t know if he will need surgery. They also don’t know if the torn MCL was from that incident or from a previous injury. Chancellor also played through bone spurs in both ankles this season plus a surgically repaired hip that he said didn’t get right until November.
Monday, Carroll said what Chancellor did to play in the Super Bowl was “super-human.”
“There are some people that get injured and can’t even play this game, can’t even play a game. So you’ve got to be grateful for how you’re feeling at the moment,” Chancellor told Seahawks.com Wednesday. “Shoot, my injury happened two days before the game and they told me I wasn’t going to be able to play. They told me, ‘Torn MCL and bone bruise.’ I was mad. I was frustrated.
“But at the end of the day, I was able to play.”
As for Sherman’s new teammate: Will the enlightened, worldly Stanford graduate let his new son play football someday?
“Oh, 100 percent, 100 percent. Football will be probably one of the first or second sports he plays, along with baseball and soccer and all the other fun sports,” Sherman said last week.
Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King said the baby’s name is Rayden in a tweet Thursday morning.
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