It has been confirmed that Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane tore his ACL on the same play on which he broke his arm in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
That, combined with the potential, if not probable, departure of Byron Maxwell in free agency gives the Seahawks some issues at the cornerback spot.
Obviously the Seahawks are set with Richard Sherman, who apparently may be able to avoid surgery on the elbow he injured in the NFC title game.
But without Lane and Maxwell Seattle’s only other experienced cornerbacks entering the 2015 season would be Tharold Simon and Marcus Burley, who each played for the first time last season. DeShawn Shead can also play some cornerback, but he is also now a free agent and his primary position is safety.
So yes, suddenly you’d have to consider cornerback as a spot the Seahawks may have to address in free agency and the draft.
That’s in stark contrast to training camp in 2013 when Seattle had more top-to-bottom depth at cornerback in the NFL, with no choice but to cut guys like Ron Parker who have gone on to significant roles with other teams.
The news of the ACL tear is also a tight blow for Lane, who also missed half of the 2014 season with a groin injury that forced him to go on the short-term Injured Reserve list.
It also adds to the star-crossed quality of a play that was as critical as any in the Super Bowl.
Lane was hurt when he returned an interception out of the end zone, only to be upended by New England receiver Julian Edelman (who like him or not made a heck of a play to circle back to make the tackle on Lane).
Seattle had decided to make Marcus Burley inactive because it decided to make Steven Terrell active as another safety to add insurance after Kam Chancellor hurt his knee in practice on the Friday before the Suer Bowl.
Without Lane and Burley, Seattle had to use Simon as the outside corner and move Maxwell inside. That proved a tough matchup against New England’s receivers, especially the smaller, quicker types like Edelman, who beat Simon for what proved to be the winning touchdown.