Pete Carroll: Looks like Richard Sherman (questionable) will play Sunday vs 49ers
RENTON The injury report says questionable.
All other signs--including history--say Richard Sherman is playing Sunday. Again.
Coach Pete Carroll said following Friday’s practice for the home opener against San Francisco that his three-time All-Pro cornerback “looked great” in the final full workout of the week. Sherman had missed practices Wednesday and Thursday for what the team listed midweek as a new hamstring injury.
Sherman has yet to miss a game in his NFL career that began in 2011, 107 regular-season and playoff contests ago.
“He did well today. He practiced the whole practice today,” Carroll said after the light, no-pads work outside in the sun. “He missed a couple days (to) rest. We’ll see how he is (Saturday) and all the way to game day. But he looked really good.”
He played all 82 defensive snaps at his usual left cornerback spot last weekend in Seattle’s loss at Green Bay. Carroll said at the end of last season Sherman played through a sprained knee, even though he was never on a Seahawks’ injury report for it.
So far this season, the Seahawks have put Sherman on the injury report twice in two weeks, for two different ailments.
Carroll, on his 66th birthday Friday, raved about how Sherman played some of last weekend’s game fighting through the injury that happened during it.
“He felt it, and yeah he did have to play through some,” Carroll said. “His attitude about being injured and whether he can play or not is so far off-the-charts courageous and determined, committed. He just won’t accept it. There have always been people who heal better than others.
“We’ll see how this works out, but you couldn’t ask for a guy’s attitude to be more on-point, to heal himself. And, eventually, our bodies do heal, and we have something to do with it.
“And, whatever -- he looks like he can play. He looked good today.”
Terence Garvin is doubtful to play after he injured his shoulder in his start last week at strong-side linebacker in base defense.
Michael Wilhoite, a former starter for the 49ers Seattle signed this offseason, is returning from a calf injury in time to start for Garvin. Wilhoite had been the starting strong-side linebacker until he got hurt last month.
Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright (ankle) missed practice Wednesday and rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion) was limited in practice that same day. But both are fine to play Sunday, Carroll said.
The 49ers’ big injury is Reuben Foster. The dynamic linebacker and 31st-overall draft choice this spring got a high-ankle sprain in San Francisco’s 23-3 loss to Carolina last weekend.
His replacement, Ray-Ray Armstrong missed three tackles against the Panthers, including on a touchdown catch and run by former Timberline High School star Jonathan Stewart. Armstrong is poised to make the sixth start of his five-year career on Sunday. It would be his first since Sept. 20, 2015, when he was with Oakland.
Foster’s absence means middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, already a huge part of the 49ers’ defense, has an even bigger role to fill on Sunday.