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Richard Sherman might not need Tommy John surgery after all

Richard Sherman

Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman waves toward fans on the team’s return from the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. The Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots on Sunday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


It’s clear that Richard Sherman’s elbow is messed up (I was pre-med), but it might not be as messed up as it sounded at first.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday on 710 ESPN in Seattle that Sherman might not require Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow.

Carroll admitted he “might have been misled” when he said Monday that his cornerback would need the surgery that’s best known in baseball circles, since it’s named after a former pitcher (I was a history major after pre-med).

“He’s not a pitcher, and he’s not a left-hander. Sherm might not have to have that kind of surgery,” Carroll said. “If he was a thrower he would.”

Carroll did not specify what Sherman would have done, if he didn’t need ulnar collateral ligament replacement (pre-med pays off again!).

Sherman injured his elbow in the second half of the NFC Championship Game, and was still bothered by it Sunday night. The Patriots clearly targeted him early on, splitting tight end Rob Gronkowski out wide to see how well Sherman could tackle.