Richard Sherman’s timing was far better than his latest game result.
The Seattle Seahawks scheduled surgery for Earl Thomas’ dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. The All-Pro safety played Sunday’s Super Bowl 49 with it.
Kam Chancellor played that title game with a torn knee ligament that might 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, Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Sherman 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 (know) 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 on Jan. 18. Thomas missed three plays before returning to the game 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 Friday’s practice at Arizona State University in Tempe. The league’s pool report from that closed workout said Chancellor fell near the goal line, 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 Friday or was a pre-existing injury. Chancellor also played through bone spurs in both ankles this season and a surgically repaired hip that he said didn’t get right until November after he took off games against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders to rest.
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. “Because a lot of people talk about the negative aspects of football, and there are many, but there are also a lot of positives that you learn as a kid. I don’t know too many Pop Warner, 6- and 7- and 8-year-olds that are just full-speed running into each other and getting concussions, honestly. The kids aren’t brave enough, honestly, at that point. They are so scared of running into each other and the kid being 10 pounds bigger than them or 3 inches taller than them.
“Football teaches you discipline and helps you develop a sense of leadership and courage and camaraderie amongst your friends and teammates. It also shows you how to work with the group, how to depend on one another, how to trust someone to do their job and how to be dependable, to do your job. There are a lot of aspects of football that people don’t talk about, and these are the things you learn and they are essential throughout your life. I don’t know how social I would have been without football. I’m a pretty fun, easygoing guy, but I met a lot of my friends, especially early on, through football. I wasn’t the coolest kid around, but I always had 20 or 30 friends because they were just on my team, and we spent so much time together
“I think that’s the thing that people never focus on when they’re talking about football. You focus on the concussions — there are so many things that could happen in any number of sports.”