TAMPA — Richard Sherman won’t play today against the Chicago Bears, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a huge impact on the game.
As he has done all week, Sherman will help coach the Bucs defensive backs with cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross out with COVID-19. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles officially will assume Ross’ duties.
“Sherman helped all week,” general manager Jason Licht said, noting that all the defensive coaches will pitch in today.
Ross is vaccinated, so this was a breakthrough case.
Sherman is out with a hamstring injury he sustained early in the Thursday night game at Philadelphia. He attempted to play three games in 12 days despite not having any training camp or preseason games.
Sherman has not played that well but contributed 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in three games before his injury. He is expected to miss two or three games but the Bucs decided not to put him on injured reserve.
Bowles praised Sherman for the knowledge he has brought to the defensive backs room.
“Well, he brought a lot of intelligence and experience,” Bowles said of Sherman. “It’s different when players hear it from other players. To see somebody of that caliber come in here and learn what he did in those amount of days, it’s unfortunate he got hurt, but he’s been a big help on the sidelines as far as coaching in practice and in games, helping Dee (Delaney), helping Pierre (Desir) and helping all the corners and safeties from that aspect to see things differently and give them little tops that way. I think that has been worth in weight in gold.”
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