Sher­man lost for sea­son in Sea­hawks’ win

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Rus­sell Wil­son threw two touch­down passes to Jimmy Gra­ham and the Seat­tle Sea­hawks added to their his­tory of suc­cess in Ari­zona with a 22-16 vic­tory over the Car­di­nals on Thurs­day night.

The Sea­hawks (6-3) lim­ited Adrian Peter­son to 29 yards in 21 car­ries in a game marred by a host of in­juries, in­clud­ing a sea­so­nend­ing one to Seat­tle corner­back Richard Sher­man.

The Sea­hawks im­proved to 4- 0-1 in Ari­zona in Bruce Ari­ans’ five sea­sons as coach of the Car­di­nals (4-5). The only time the Sea­hawks haven’t beaten Ari­ans’ team in Ari­zona was in last sea­son’s 6- 6 tie.

Seat­tle’s KamChan­cel­lor forced a fum­ble by Peter­son on Ari­zona’s first of­fen­sive play and later tack­led him in the end zone for a safety.

Sher­man limped off the field in the third quar­ter, one of at least seven play­ers who left the game with in­juries. Coach Pete Car­roll said af­ter the game that Sher­man had a rup­tured Achilles ten­don.

Wil­son, sacked a sea- son-high five times, com­pleted 22 of 32 passes for 238 yards. Ari­zona’s Drew Stan­ton, in his sec­ond start since Car­son Palmer went down with a bro­ken arm, com­pleted 24 of 47 for 273 yards and a touch­down. Larry Fitzger­ald caught 10 passes for 113 yards for the Car­di­nals, top­ping 15,000 yards re­ceiv­ing for his ca­reer in the process. COURT DE­NIES EL­LIOTT BID

» A fed­eral ap­peals court in New York City has de­nied Dal­las Cow­boys run- ning back Ezekiel El­liott’s bid to keep a six-game sus­pen­sion over al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on hold.

El­liott was in court and the de­nial of the in­junc­tion makes him in­el­i­gi­ble in Sun­day’s game at At­lanta. The 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals ruled Thurs­day that El­liott didn’t meet the stan­dards to con­tinue block­ing the sus­pen­sion but or­dered a hear­ing as soon as it could be sched­uled.

He played the first eight games on three le­gal re- prieves. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear how soon the court would rule on El­liott’s claim that he was treated un­fairly by the NFL. HER­NAN­DEZ BRAIN DAM­AGE

» For­mer New Eng­land player Aaron Her­nan­dez suf­fered sub­stan­tial dam­age to parts of the brain that af­fect mem­ory, judg­ment and be­hav­ior from the most se­vere case of a de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease linked to head blows ever found in some­one so young, a re­searcher said.

Dr. Ann McKee, direc­tor of Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity’s CTE Cen­ter, stressed that she could not “con­nect the dots” be­tween the brain dis­ease chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy and the be­hav­ior of the 27-year-old who hanged him­self in April while serv­ing life in prison for mur­der.

But McKee said CTE had sig­nif­i­cantly im­pacted key parts of Her­nan­dez’s brain, in­clud­ing the hip­pocam­pus which is as­so­ci­ated with mem­ory and the frontal lobe, which is in­volved in im­pulse con­trol, judg­ment and be­hav­ior. CON­TEND­ING RAMS BACK HOME » Af­ter a full month away from the Coli­seum, Los Angeles IS re­turn­ing home as a bona fide play­off con­tender.

With Jared Goff throw­ing touch­down passes and Aaron Don­ald wreck­ing op­pos­ing of­fenses, these ex­cit­ing Rams (6-2) could be the next big thing on Hol­ly­wood’s sports land­scape.

They’ve won three straight games to take the NFC West lead, mak­ing se­ri­ous progress to­ward their first win­ning sea­son since 2003 and their first post­sea­son berth since 2004.

The Rams will face the in­jury- plagued Hous­ton Tex­ans (3-5) on Sun­day, and LA fans can fi­nally see what they’ve been miss­ing.

“In LA, the one thing I’ve learned is this is a city that likes peo­ple that win,” Goff said. “When you win, they come. And we have been win­ning, so hope­fully they’ll come.” PAN­THERS FEELING ‘ SPE­CIAL’ » Cam New­ton says this sea­son is start­ing to have that “kind of spe­cial feeling feel” to it again.

Two years af­ter win­ning their third straight NFC South ti­tle and reach­ing the Su­per Bowl, the Carolina Pan­thers are seem­ingly round­ing into cham­pi­onship form again af­ter back-to-back wins against di­vi­sion foes At­lanta and Tampa Bay.

The Pan­thers (6- 3) are gain­ing mo­men­tum be­hind the league’s No. 1-ranked de­fense en­ter­ing Mon­day night’s game against the Mi­ami Dol­phins. BRIDGE­WA­TER IN VIK­INGS’ MIX » Fi­nally, Teddy Bridge­wa­ter has be­come truly part of the team again.

He’ll stand on the side­line this week­end when Min­nesota plays at Wash­ing­ton, back­ing up Case Keenumwith no guar­an­tee he’ll play, but his mere pres­ence in that No. 5 white­and-pur­ple jer­sey will be a ma­jor mile­stone. GOOD­ELL EX­TEN­SION » The NFL ex­pects a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell to be fi­nal­ized soon, de­spite a threat­ened law­suit by Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones. BEARS GREAT DIES » Joe For­tu­nato, the speedy line­backer who helped the Bears win the 1963 NFL ti­tle, has died. He was 87.

MICHAEL AINSWORTH — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Cow­boys’ Ezekiel El­liott’s sus­pen­sion is back on.

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