Sherman to undergo Tommy John surgery

Sherman has been named an All-Pro each of the last three seasons. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman will need offseason Tommy John surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left elbow, according to the team’s official website.

Sherman injured his elbow during the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers when a teammate crashed into him while trying to make a tackle. He was clearly favoring his elbow for the rest of the game, as he mostly kept it tight to his body as if his arm were in a sling.

The injury did not appear to have much impact on his performance in Sunday’s Super Bowl loss, with the New England Patriots rarely even bothering to test Sherman in coverage.

Tommy John surgery is most often seen with baseball pitchers, and the recovery timetable is typically set at 12-to-18 months. The expected recovery period will likely be much shorter for a cornerback, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated that Sherman should be ready for Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season.