RENTON The Seahawks are definitely making sure Richard Sherman is on their injury reports this season. For any and everything.
The three-time All-Pro cornerback missed practice Wednesday for what the team listed as a new ankle injury. Last week, he was added midweek with a new thigh injury -- then played all 82 of Seattle’s defensive snaps in the season-opening loss at Green Bay.
Sherman wasn’t alone in having a new injury Wednesday.
No one was reported newly injured Sunday evening in Green Bay immediately following the loss to the Packers.
The only injuries among those that weren’t new were Rawls’, Wilhoite’s and Hill’s.
The facts Griffin finished the Green Bay game, practiced even on a limited basis Wednesday and was permitted by the team to talk to the media suggest the impressive rookie right conerback will play Sunday in the home opener against San Francisco.
Odss are Sherman will, too.
Coach Pete Carroll was especially Sgt. Shcultz “I know noth-IIIIING!” (1970s and 80s “Hogan’s Heroes” reference, look it up, kids) on these injuries before practice Wednesday. He wouldn’t reveal any of them.
Asked if there were any players he was concerned about health-wise for the 49ers game, Carroll said only: “Yeah. Yeah there is.”
Is there any player who might miss the San Francisco game?
“Maybe,” Carroll said.
Who might that be?
“We’ll wait and see, see how that goes,” the coy coach said. “I don’t know. I don’t know how it’s going to go this week.”
After January’s playoff loss at Atlanta ended the 2016 season Carroll revealed Sherman played the last part of the year with a significant knee injury.
Sherman’s knee injury never showed up on any of the team’s daily practice reports late last season, nor on injury reports due to the league 48 hours before each game. Sherman routinely missed a practice each week over the last month-plus of the regular season and the postseason that ended with Saturday’s loss at Atlanta with what the team listed as “NIR.” That stands for “not injury related.”
Asked why Sherman’s injury never showed up on a practice report, Carroll said in January the day after the playoff loss: "I don't know. I'm feeling like I screwed that up with not telling you that because that happened, but he was OK.
“So I don't know. He never missed anything, which is probably why."
The NFL looked into the matter but decided not to punish the Seahawks for it.
Before the 2016 season began the league sent to each of its 32 teams a reminder of its policies on official injury reports. In it is this subsection for practice reports:
The first two weeks of this regular season with Sherman’s designations suggest the Seahawks are ultra-complying. Don’t be shocked if Sherman is on practice/injury reports in all 16 weeks of the regular season, for some body part or another.
And remember, he still hasn’t missed a game in his seven-year, 107 regular-season and playoff-game career.