Pete Carroll: Richard Sherman might not need Tommy John surgery

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle radio on Tuesday that cornerback Richard Sherman might not need Tommy John surgery after all. 

On Monday, the team announced that Carroll said Sherman would require Tommy John surgery on his left elbow this offseason. But Carroll told the radio station that he "might have been misled" when he said that. 

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

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Sherman injured his elbow during Seattle's NFC Championship Game victory over the Green Bay Packers but remained in the game.

It was reported after the game that Sherman had torn ligaments in his elbow, but the cornerback said he would "100 percent be able to play" in the Super Bowl, which Seattle lost 28-24. 

- Molly Geary

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