Sea­hawks start­ing life with­out their spark­plug

Seat­tle look to depth with Sher­man out in­jured

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Sport -

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 cor­ner­back’s 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 I’m pos­i­tive he’s 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 Thurs­day’s 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 Seat­tle’s sec­ondary since his first game dur­ing the 2011 sea­son. His streak of 109 con­sec­u­tive starts — play­offs in­cluded — will end next Mon­day when he’s a spec­ta­tor as his team­mates host At­lanta.

Seat­tle’s 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 Seat­tle’s 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, it’s 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 Seat­tle’s 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.

Maxwell, cut by the Dolphins on Oct. 24, said the only other team that reached out to him af­ter his re­lease was the Fal­cons.

“Def­i­nitely I was think­ing I would get a call be­fore this, in a week or two, but for what­ever rea­son I didn’t,’’ he said.

Rick ScuteRi/the ASSociAted PReSS

richard sher­man blew his right Achilles ten­don last thurs­day in Glendale, Ariz.

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