Back from mini break, Seahawks begin life without Sherman

From FOX Sports - November 14, 2017

RENTON, Wash. (AP)Back from a long weekend of needed rest, the Seattle Seahawks began life without Richard Sherman on Tuesday.

It was noticeably different for those who have become accustomed to hearing the cornerbacks voice on a daily basis.

Just his energy, his passion, his trash talking is definitely going to be missed, Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. But Im positive hes going to find a way to talk trash on the sideline.

For the first time since before he was drafted, the Seahawks started a week of preparations knowing Sherman would not play after he tore the Achilles tendon in his right foot during last Thursdays win over Arizona. For as much as his mouth and some of his antics have drawn attention, Sherman has been an extremely reliable cog in Seattles secondary since his first game during the 2011 season. His streak of 109 consecutive startsplayoffs includedwill end next Monday when hes a spectator as his teammates host Atlanta.

Seattles adjustment to not having Sherman started Tuesday, but will really get going Thursday when preparations for facing the Falcons get started. The team signed Byron Maxwell, who was released by Miami last month after losing his starting job but knows Seattles system after starting his career with the Seahawks. Maxwell will provide depth behind Jeremy Lane and Shaquill Griffin, the expected starters at cornerback with Sherman out.

For Lane, its another chapter in a strange few weeks that saw him initially traded to Houston as part of the Duane Brown deal. Lane failed his physical with the Texans and was returned to the Seahawks. Lane said he was gone from the Seahawks for barely a day and that returning to the team was not awkward.

It was crazy. A very emotional roller coaster. I had to stay mentally strong for it, but other than that it worked out, he said.

While Lane and Griffin will get the bulk of the work, picking up Maxwell is a big benefit at this point of the season. Rather than trying to teach someone Seattles defensive system or bring up an inexperienced player from the practice squad, the Seahawks landed a veteran who knows their system and should be able to help sooner than later.


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