TAMPA ― Richard Sherman won’t go on injured reserve, but his hamstring strain could force him to miss as many as three games, the Tampa Bay Times confirmed.
Sherman was injured on the first defensive series in the Bucs’ 28-22 win over the Eagles Thursday night in Philadelphia. If a player goes on injured reserve, he must miss at least three weeks. But the Bucs are still hopeful Sherman could return in time for their Nov. 14 game at Washington.
“Man, man, man. They got me,” Sherman said during his weekly podcast. “I thought I could do it, and I was doing it. I was really doing it. I was out there. Three days of practice, bang! Got it done. Mission complete. Another week of practice, bang! Got it done. Mission complete. Three days after, didn’t get it done. My old body said, “Yeah, that’s enough.’ Sat me down.
“Nothing too serious, nothing to keep me out too long-term. I think at most a couple weeks. ... But goodness gracious, I was just getting my rhythm.”
The Bucs also could be without cornerbacks Carlton Davis (quad) and Sean Murphy-Bunting (dislocated elbow), who are on injured reserve.
With Sherman out, the Bucs turned to Dee Delaney, but cornerback Pierre Desir also could receive increased playing time Sunday against the Bears and in the Oct. 31 game at New Orleans.
Sherman, 33, was not in the offseason program or training camp with any team before signing with the Bucs. He practiced three days before playing all but one defensive snap in the Bucs’ win at New England. Sherman was attempting to play three games in 12 days when the injury occurred.
“I tried to roll with the punches, and they punched a little too hard,” Sherman said. “It happened the play before, but I thought I could gut it out and soldier through.”
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