NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been notoriously avoiding New England since DeflateGate popped up more than two years ago — going so far as to break with tradition in not attending the Patriots’ home opener after they won Super Bowl XLIX.
That won’t change this week, either, when the Patriots host the Steelers Sunday night in the AFC Championship. Goodell, who attended the Falcons’ 36-20 win over the Seahawks in the Georgia Dome last week, will return to Atlanta for the NFC Championship:
Roger Goodell will attend the NFC Championship game in Atlanta on Sunday, per a league spokesman.
Sherman appeared on Seattle’s injury report just once with an injury designation this season. That came in Week 12, and Sherman’s injury was identified as an ankle. Sherman did not participate in practice on Wednesday of that week, and returned to full participation Thursday and Friday.
There was no mention of Sherman on the team’s injury report through Week 7 of the regular season. After that point, Sherman appeared on the injury report each week with the exception of Week 15. In every week except for the ankle injury in Week 12, Sherman was held out of practice one day with a non-injury related designation.
Carroll said that, like Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett, Sherman fought through the injury and didn’t miss any practice or playing time.
“They all had it during the course of the season and they just made it through it,” Carroll said. “They never complained, they didn’t want to miss a practice and they basically didn’t miss anything but they were legit, it was legit injury, it showed up and the whole thing.”