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Richard Sherman facing prospect of Tommy John surgery to fix elbow

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Richard Sherman could only watch on from the sidelines as the New England Patriots sealed victory in Super Bowl XLIX last night and it looks like the Seattle Seahawks cornerback could have to get used to that spot.

Injury to insult

Sherman's injury issues in the lead up to the NFL season finale were well documented and, although he managed to be a full participant in the game despite torn ligaments in his elbow, it looks likely that he will undergo surgery this offseason.

First reported by ESPN's John Clayton, Richard Sherman will "likely" have Tommy John surgery to fix the issue which will see the damaged ulnar collateral ligament replaced.

MLB procedure

The surgery is more familiar to fans of MLB with pitchers often ruled out for well over 12 months after going under the knife.

Sherman though won't face anywhere near that amount of time out as, while the elbow joint is clearly important for an NFL corner, its not quite the same as pitching balls at 90mph on a regular basis.

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Sherman picked up the injury - originally diagnoses as a shoulder issue and then an elbow sprain - during the Seahawks' Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers and there had been speculation that he could miss Sunday's Super Bowl.

But while he made it onto the gridiron in the short term the long term issue looks bad enough to force Sherman onto the treatment table for much of the offseason.

Super Bowl woe

The injury blow will hurt all the more for Sherman after the dramatic conclusion to the 2014 season.

Seattle lost out against the Patriots 28-24 with a crucial last minute play call being seen as the pivotal moment.

Sherman, for his part, was kept out of the limelight during the game - being targeted just once in the entire game with Tom Brady clearly still wary of his talents.


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