Shortly after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIX, reports surfaced that Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman would require Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll later said he "might have been misled" about the need for that particular operation. Now a little more than one week after the team's heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports Sherman will not undergo elbow surgery at all.
Sherman's injury dates back to the NFC title game, when he collided with teammate Kam Chancellor on a tackle. The impact tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, a condition that often requires surgery to heal correctly. Apparently, whether because the tear was less severe than initially thought or because of his limited throwing demands as a defensive player, Sherman has avoided surgery altogether.
While the news is good for Sherman, other members of the "Legion of Boom" secondary aren't so lucky. Free safety Earl Thomas will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. Fellow safety Kam Chancellor played through a knee injury that may require him to go under the knife. And, of course, Jeremy Lane broke his arm after intercepting a pass during the Super Bowl.