Sherman lost for season in Seahawks’ win
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.
The Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on.