There was some doubt earlier this week whether the Seattle Seahawks would have Richard Sherman available for their big showdown with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, but it appears he will be on the field for Seattle.
The reason for the concern revolved around Sherman’s positive drug test for Adderal earlier last month. Sherman appealed the ensuing suspension, and that appeal was heard this past Friday. However, the NFL did not make a ruling and therefore Sherman will be available to play Sunday.
But there’s bad news.
The longer the NFL holds off the ruling on the appeal, the deeper into meaningful games we get. The Seahawks are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot, but if Sherman is suspended he will have to serve out his suspension into the playoffs. The Seahawks have one more game this season, so if the NFL rules that Sherman’s suspension has been upheld, he will miss the season finale as well as the Wild Card, Divisional and Championship games this year should the Seahawks make it that far.
A decision is required within five days of the appeals hearing, which means if the NFL does not rule before the day after Christmas, Sherman’s suspension is dropped automatically.