Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman left Thursday night's game with an Achilles injury that has been confirmed as a rupture by head coach Pete Carroll, per Seahawks reporter John Boyle. He's out for the season.
Sherman confirmed on Twitter he is facing an absence but will work hard to return "faster and stronger than ever."
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Sherman could be seen on the NBC broadcast telling linebacker Bobby Wagner he thought his Achilles was "torn" after exiting the game.
Gregg Bell of the News Tribune shared Sherman's postgame comments where the cornerback revealed his Achilles was bothering him since the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 8. He "figured it would rupture eventually but wanted to keep playing for Seahawks teammates," Bell noted.
Coming into Thursday's game, Sherman had shown he was still a great cornerback with 31 total tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 2017.
The 29-year-old veteran is the lifeblood of Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary. Despite playing through injury last season, he started all 16 games, registered 58 tackles and four interceptions and was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl.
Sherman always performs at a high level on the field, but an underrated part of his value before Thursday was his durability.
Entering 2017, Sherman had played in 96 of a possible 96 regular-season games in his NFL career, starting 90 of them.
He also has 12 playoff games to his credit and has reached two Super Bowls, winning one of them. In terms of his workload, few players have seen as much action as Sherman over the past several years.
That may have impacted him last season in the form of a knee ailment and this year with this Achilles injury.
The Seahawks have big-time talent at every level of their defense, but Sherman is arguably the most important piece, and it is difficult to imagine Seattle being anywhere near as effective without him.
Impressive rookie Shaquill Griffin should operate as Seattle's No. 1 corner with Sherman out.