After both All-Pros got hurt but kept playing in last weekend's NFC championship game, it looked like Richard Sherman's elbow would limit him this week more than Earl Thomas' shoulder would. I mean, Sherman couldn't even lift his left arm above his hip.
But three days later the opposite is true. Thomas sat out practice today while Sherman was full go.
Thomas has played in all 82 games since he arrived in the NFL as the Seahawks' first-round draft choice in 2010. So even though he missed a practice for one of the only times of his career today in the indoor workout at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton 11 days before the Super Bowl, there is no way on planet Earth the All-Pro free safety won't play Feb. 1 against New England in Glendale, Arizona.
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When asked if there was any doubt about that, Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard said today, "no, no. He's preparing. ... Right now, he just needs rest. We are going to give him all the rest he needs. He has to stay on top of the mental reps, which he will be.
"Right now, I'm not sure he's ever been in this situation before. So it's a little different. He'll be able to sit back, prepare in a different fashion until we can get him out there and take those physical reps. For right now, he's taking mental reps."
Sherman has played in all 66 of his games since he entered the league with Seattle as a fifth-round pick in 2011. He vowed again today that he'll play in the Super Bowl, too, adding that the team's doctors and trainers don't think he'll be limited much against Tom Brady and the Patriots, either.
“You would think that he may be limited in that fashion,” Richard said. "But we still have some time for him to recover and we have a great medical staff here, so we’ll have a plan in regards to his recovery, his treatment. And we’ll be on top of it."