BY Adam Lewis 09:28AM 02/02/2015

Report: Sherman might undergo elbow surgery

After playing through the NFC title game and Super Bowl with an injured left elbow and shoulder, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman may undergo Tommy John surgery.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman managed to play in the Super Bowl. But at what cost? / Drew McKenzie, SPNW

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is likely to undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery this offseason after playing Super Bowl XLIX with torn ligaments in his left elbow, according to a report from ESPN’s John Clayton. 

Sherman was injured late in Seattle’s NFC Championship win over the Packers, playing much of the fourth quarter and overtime with one arm. Afterward, the injury was described as an elbow sprain.

Sherman practiced during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, and played Sunday without limitations.

But according to Clayton’s story, the cornerback also sustained ligament damage in his left shoulder during the NFC title game.

Tommy John surgery, which repairs the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) ligament on the inside of the elbow, is typically performed on baseball pitchers and usually demands at least one year of recovery time.

The ESPN report offered no timetable for how much recovery time Sherman would need.


  • jafabian

    Would not surprise me if he needed it based on how he was in the last couple games. Though he wouldn’t be throwing a ball he’d still extend and of course be susceptible to injury on impact. He should make a decision quick. Longer he puts it off the longer rehab will be.