Sher­man in­jury downs Sea­hawks

24 Hours Vancouver - - SPORTS - ED WILLES ewil­les@post­

With the NFC open to vir­tu­ally any team with a pulse , it ap­peared the Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ Su­per Bowl win­dow might be open for an­other year.

But that win­dow slammed shut when Richard Sher­man was lost for the sea­son in the Thurs­day nighter against Ari­zona. Sher­man is many things but, as much as any Sea­hawk, he’s the leader and con­science of the team. He re­mains one of the game’s best cover cor­ners but the Hawks’ iden­tity, its swag­ger, its phys­i­cal­ity, all runs through Sher­man. Take him out of the lineup and they still have a good team. But that thing that sep­a­rates the Sea­hawks is re­moved.

You also won­der what this means to the team’s fu­ture. The Sea­hawks lay the foun­da­tion for their Su­per Bowl team with three ex­tra­or­di­nary drafts in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Those play­ers — Sher­man, Kam Chan­cel­lor, Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, Bobby Wag­ner, Rus­sell Wil­son and oth­ers who’ve since moved on — were in their early and mid-20s when the Sea­hawks won it all in 2014.

Now, those play­ers are push­ing 30 and there’s some se­ri­ous tread on their tires. This was their last, best chance at mak­ing some noise.

Sad to see it end this way.

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