Shead's left knee buckled while attempting to defend Falcons wideout Taylor Gabriel on a comeback route to open the second half Saturday. The fifth-year cornerback will now undergo surgery to repair his ACL, resulting in an eight-month recovery timetable. Considering Shead started all 15 games he played this season, recording 81 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and one interception along the way, his injury is a considerable blow to the
Head coach Pete Carroll told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network that Shead suffered a "possible" ACL tear during Saturday's divisional-round defeat in Atlanta.
Carroll was merely surmising about Shead's health, but the cornerback's left knee indeed buckled while attempting to defend a Taylor Gabriel cut. If the Seahawks' worst fears come to pass, Shead will spend the entirety of the offseason in a rehab program and could miss a decent share of the 2017 campaign.
Shead (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's divisional-round game at Atlanta, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Crossed up on a cut made by Falcons speedster Taylor Gabriel on the first drive of the second half, Shead didn't log another snap thereafter. While the Seahawks await word on the severity of the injury, Jeremy Lane will man cornerback opposite Richard Sherman.
Shead's left knee buckled after he was unable to handle a wicked cut by Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel early in the second half, per Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR. Due to the non-contact nature of the ailment, an MRI will likely be the first order of business for Seattle's medical staff. In Shead's absence, Jeremy Lane has moved to outside cornerback, while DeAndre Elliott is handling the slot.
Shead (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday and will play Sunday against the Panthers.
The defensive back missed last week's loss to the Buccaneers, but after being limited in practice earlier in the week Shead logged a full session Friday, assuring he'll be on the field for Week 13. He could see his reps monitored, in which case look for DeAndre Elliott to see increased action.
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