Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman confirmed to The MMQB's Peter King that he is playing in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night. Sherman's girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is pregnant with their first child, who is due Feb. 12.
Sherman said this week he doesn't believe the baby will be born early. Nevertheless, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team's All-Pro cornerback would be permitted to skip the game if he chooses.
"He knows that he has an opportunity to face a great decision,’’ Carroll said, according to The Seattle Times. “Whenever our players have a personal family issue that comes up, it’s always about the family first, and they have to decide what’s best for them, and I support that. However he goes with that — if he’s faced with that decision — we’ll support that. We’ll see how that goes.’’
On a lighter note, Carroll joked that he had already recommended a name for the child if it is a boy.
Pete Carroll says Richard Sherman can skip Super Bowl if he wants to see birth of son. And adds, "I can't wait to see little Petey."— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) January 30, 2015
Sherman also suffered torn ligaments in his elbow during the NFC championship game win over the Green Bay Packers, but he said last week he is done with treatment. Carroll said Sherman was a full participant in last week's practices.
Super Bowl XLIX kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
- Mike Fiammetta