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January 18, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Seahawks injury update — Sherman, Thomas say they’ll play

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas heads to the locker room after injuring his shoulder during the second quarter.  (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas heads to the locker room after injuring his shoulder during the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, as typical for any injured players, will have further tests tomorrow to determine the extent of their injuries.

But both said after the game that the expect to play in the Super Bowl.

Sherman stood in the locker room with his left arm close to his ribs and his elbow aching. It was the same posture in which he finished the game.

While trying to bring down James Starks following a 30-yard run, Sherman took the brunt of a huge hit from teammate Kam Chancellor as the three players tumbled out of bounds.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve felt that,” Sherman said. “But the first time I felt it with my arm extended and felt it.”

Sherman hyperextended his elbow on the play.

“I think there’s some sprained ligaments, but I will leave it up to the doctors,” he said.

Sherman stayed on the ground for few moments, then forced himself to his feet and back to his cornerback position. He wasn’t coming out of the game.

“I’m not coming out of a NFC championship game,” he said. “If I come out of there, I’m letting my teammates my down. And I’m not letting my teammates down.”

Even after he went to the sideline and met with trainers and team doctor Edward Khalfayan, Sherman stayed in the game.

“He kept telling me it could get worse,” Sherman said. “But it is what it is. You play through it.”

So he played the fourth quarter with his left arm tethered to his midsection.

“I couldn’t really extend my arm,” he said. “I had to do most of my press coverage with one hand.”

And yet, the Packers never threw his way.

“I was surprised,” Sherman said. “I thought I would get tested, but I had pretty tight coverage on my guy.”

Any questions of him not playing the Super Bowl were squashed quickly.

“I will be out there,” he said. “I will promise you that.”

Thomas injured his shoulder making a tackle on bruising Packers running back Eddie Lacy in the second quarter. Thomas left the game, but returned to play the second half.

Thomas said after the game that he wouldn’t be held out of the Super Bowl.

“It will teach me something for later in my career, how to play hurt,” Thomas said.

In fact, he levied a big hit on Lacy to start the third quarter which later drew this reaction from Pete Carroll: ‘That’s total guts. It’s just guts.”

Carroll went on to say of Sherman and Thomas continuing to play that “they’re the real deal when it comes to competing. They’re as good as you can get at battling.”

 

 

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