Sherman's Comments On Teammates Injuries
Richard Sherman made it clear on Sunday that he and the rest of the league do not care about your fantasy team
"I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players even less like people because of fantasy football and things like that," Sherman said. "You go and say, 'Oh man, this guy got hurt.'
"You're not thinking, 'Hey man, this guy got hurt -- he's really physically hurt and he's going to take time to recover and it's probably going to affect his mental state and his physical state and now he has a long, rigorous rehab.' You're thinking, 'Oh, man, he's messing up my fantasy team.'"
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Sherman’s comments came after Seahawks running back Chris Carson suffered a “significant ankle injury” according to coach Pete Carroll. Additionally, left tackle Rees Odhimabo was taken to the hospital due to difficulty breathing during the team’s 46-18 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
It’s particularly tough when you lose two young, up-and-coming guys who worked as hard as those two have. Carson is a rookie out of Oklahoma State that was selected in the seventh-round of April’s draft and has been Seattle’s starter in the backfield for the first four games of the season. Odhiambo is a second-year player from Boise State who took George Fant’s job at left tackle after he suffered an ACL tear during the preseason.
"It's terrible when you see things like that because we know these guys personally," Sherman said. "A lot of times the fans know us from the surface and wear 32 [Carson's number] and he's running the ball and he's doing great for my team, but they don't think about the effects that an injury will have to a guy's mental capacity and what his family and what his mom and girlfriend and wife might be going through. It's different, but I'm happy that it's not as bad as they initially thought."
A member of the media asked Sherman how a locker room is affected by an injury to a teammate. The Seahawks cornerback responded by calling teammate injuries “devastating” and ranted on how fans can sometimes only see injuries from the perspective of fantasy football.
"I think that's why you see the frustration from a lot of players saying they don't care about your fantasy team," he said. "They don't care about how it affects your fantasy team because these are real players, this is real life. This is real life and this is their real job and that's affecting their well-being.
"Now, your fantasy team may not win, and hey, guess what, you'll live the next day. This is their well-being. They may not ever get another shot. They may never get another down, another play. And I think that's why it's so devastating for players. Thankfully, I don't think [Carson's injury is] as serious as we first thought, hopefully, God willing. Trying to be optimistic in this situation."
Written by: Ben Faunce