Needing a win to stay in the thick of the NFC West race, the Seattle Seahawks pulled out of Arizona with a critical 22-16 win to improve to 6-3. The win puts the Seahawks a mere half-game behind the Los Angeles Rams in the division, and it was highlighted by Russell Wilson throwing two touchdowns and performing one of the plays of the year. However, the win came at a mighty cost for the Seattle defense.

Richard Sherman left the game in the third quarter Thursday night with an apparent heel injury.

The lip readers watching the game seem to think Sherman was caught on the sideline saying he tore his Achilles heel, which would be a devastating injury, especially at this time of the year. Pete Carroll later confirmed Sherman had a ruptured Achilles and it will keep him out for the rest of the season.

As the game was winding down, players from around the league started sharing their best wishes for Sherman, including Philadelphia Eagles rookie Sidney Jones.

Sherman has been one of the more outspoken players in the NFL about the concerns playing Thursday night football. His injury on Thursday night had his teammates supporting that argument once again. After the game, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin suggested playing on Thursday should be outlawed. Bobby Wagner also expressed his concern about the Thursday night schedule.

Any player can get injured in any game played on any day, but with Sherman going down to a potentially serious injury on a Thursday night, the deck will continue to be stacked against Thursday night football. The loss of Sherman for the remainder of the regular season is a tough blow for the Seattle defense as well at a time when they are trying to stay in contention for the NFC West and a good spot in the NFC playoffs.

Seattle’s next game will not be until Nov. 20 at home against the Atlanta Falcons, so they will have some extra time to work out their defense without Sherman in the lineup.

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