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Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman carted off with ankle injury

Eric Edholm
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Nearly everything went right in Super Bowl XLVIII for the Seattle Seahawks.

But their star cornerback, Richard Sherman, left the game on a cart early in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. He looked to be in quite a bit of pain and had been knocked out of the game earlier with the same injury, aggravating it while trying to tackle Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Sherman played a huge role in the Seahawks' defensive throttling of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the 43-8 victory. Manning tested him a few times in coverage, but to little avail.

There was a thought that, depending on the severity of the injury, we might not hear from Sherman immediately after the Super Bowl. But he did re-emerge in the Seahawks' bench area around the 2:00 warning with a boot on his right foot, using crutches. The team will run tests this week to find out how serious the damage is, but Sherman will have the next six months or more to rehab if needed.

Sherman was in pain after the game, but he didn't allow that to curb his talking.

“We had a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication and the team deserves it," he said. "The ‘Legion of Boom,’ baby. I hope we etched our names in the history books. This is the No. 1 offense in the history of the NFL and we were able to play a good game against them. Peyton Manning may go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game, and we’re just blessed to have an opportunity to play against him. I can’t believe it.”

He also spoke after the game on the NFL Network set, and didn't hold back, saying that the Broncos were intimidated by the Seahawks' defense.

"We felt like that later on in the game," Sherman said. "They felt us. They weren't looking to come up and block us. Maybe around the third quarter after Percy [Harvin] had the big, huge return, you saw them come out there, running the same bubble screens.

"Their lineman were coming out really aggressive [in the first half], blocking hard as they should. But then in the second half, they weren't coming out as hard."

But Sherman took to Twitter to defend Manning and make sure that his followers knew how Sherman felt about him.

Peyton is the Classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great Competitor and person

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 3, 2014

There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let's just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 3, 2014

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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