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Richard Sherman calls 49ers-Dolphins a ‘perfect storm of bad things,’ doesn’t mention recovery time from injury

Oct 14, 2020 at 7:29 AM--

Cornerback Richard Sherman has been sidelined with a calf injury since Week 1. He had to watch last Sunday as his team, the San Francisco 49ers, were shockingly routed at home by the Miami Dolphins.

One of the criticisms this week against the 49ers coaching staff is the decision to start Brian Allen, who was activated from the practice squad a day before taking the field.

"It was just a perfect storm of things going bad," Sherman said on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, which he co-hosts. "It's unfortunate. Brian Allen was kind of put in a tough position, didn't get enough days (of) practice, didn't get enough reps to be adequately prepared, unfortunately. That's no fault of his own. There were some situations going on that prevented that."

Another criticism was the decision to play Jimmy Garoppolo, who was obviously still affected by the high-ankle sprain he sustained during Week 2 and forced the quarterback to miss two games.

"And then, obviously, Jimmy trying to fight through an injury," Sherman continued. "It's always tough to get back. Miami did a great job putting pressure on him and hitting him every chance they got. It's just the perfect storm of bad things.

"Obviously, [Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick] is hot and cold, but you've got good Fitz that day, and he played well. He found a matchup he liked and went after it.

"So, it's one of those things. It happens in the league. It's just unfortunate. It was the perfect storm of events. But I look forward to seeing Jimmy and those guys bounce back, and obviously if we can get healthier in the secondary. Emmanuel Moseley is coming back this week, so hopefully, that will shore things up."

What is interesting is that Sherman doesn't mention his own name while discussing the secondary getting healthier. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said last week that he hoped to get back Sherman this week in time to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.

On Monday, Shanahan altered that timeline while not sounding too optimistic about a quick return for the veteran cornerback.

"Sherm, we were hoping to get him back this week," Shanahan said. "Some setbacks last week, and the healing hasn't gone the way we were hoping for. I know we're going to try a few different procedures this week, but I'm not counting on him this week. We'll see how that goes with the new stuff we're going to try."

Shanahan added that the "procedures" were not surgical and were shots to help reduce the inflammation.

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