ORLANDO, Fla. — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been a fan ambassador of sorts this week at the Pro Bowl, buzzing from crowd to practice, signing autographs and taking pictures. He’s doing so on a knee that has been subject to much debate lately.
The Seattle Seahawks are currently under investigation by the NFL for not disclosing what coach Pete Carroll termed a “legit” MCL injury for Sherman, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Sherman was never listed as having a knee issue on any of the club’s injury reports.
On Friday, Sherman dismissed any concerns.
“It wasn’t that serious, so there’s nothing to address,” Sherman told me. “There wasn’t anything to address.”
Sherman said the Seahawks should not incur a penalty.
“I don’t think the team should be punished, no,” he said. “There’s been a number of teams that have been warned so we’ll see what happens.”
Sherman added he believes the NFL would simply issue a warning against the Seahawks, similar to what it did against the Dolphins this week for not “strictly” following concussion protocol following a hit on Matt Moore. He also brought up what Le’Veon Bell said Sunday after the Steelers‘ season-ending loss.
“Le’Veon said he’s got a groin (issue) for weeks, they’re going to get a warning,” Sherman said. “Andrew (Luck) played with cracked ribs for a whole year (back in 2015). You see what I’m saying? It would be odd, out of the norm.”
An NFL spokesman told NFL.com on Friday the league is looking into the Bell situation. Bell said after Pittsburgh’s loss to New England that he had been dealing with a groin issue for “a couple weeks” prior to the game — which he left early after aggravating the injury. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said it was not serious enough to warrant placement on the injury report.
In 2016, the NFL concluded the Colts did not warrant a sanction for not disclosing Luck’s rib injury.
On Friday, an NFL spokesperson said the review into Sherman’s situation is ongoing.