Richard Sherman will not, at least in the short term, go under the knife to fix a lingering elbow issue.
It had been expected the Seahawks star would undergo Tommy John surgery in the coming weeks after picking up the injury in Seattle's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.
Now though, per NFL.com, Sherman and the Seahawks have performed a u-turn on surgery plans with the player now planning to heal the issue without medical intervention.
Fox Sports' NFL Insider, Mark Garafolo, broke the news which will come as a shock to many who saw Sherman struggle during the Seahawks' final two postseason games.
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Sherman is believed to be taking the advice of Dr. James Andrews and, after meeting the medical expert this week, has put surgery plans on ice with the hope that the injury will heal via rest rather than intervention.
The injury will be reevaluated in a month.
Change of direction
The news will prompt hope amongst Seahawks fans that the issue is not as serious as first expected.
Head Coach Pete Carroll had, in the aftermath of the Sherman's injury-hampered Super Bowl performance, admitted that Tommy John surgery was the most likely next step. Sherman though is believed to have told franchise officials that he is feeling better.
With several of Sherman's fellow members of the Legion of Boom, including Earl Thomas, Jeremy Lane and Kam Chancellor, also facing surgery this offseason the original procedure painted a worrying picture for Seattle.
Taking a risk?
Of course no one knows how the elbow injury will heal on its own over the next four weeks. Should there be no improvement then surgery could still take place.
While the 2015 season does not get underway until September, should a delayed operation be required then Seattle may face losing Sherman for more of their regular season build up than first expected.
What do you think Seahawks fans? Will Sherman be affected by the injury moving forward, or will Seattle be back in the big game this time next season? Let us know in the comments section below...