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Pete Carroll would support Richard Sherman’s choice if baby arrives on game day

If the baby, due Feb. 12, were to arrive early, the Seahawks coach says the cornerback would face “a great decision” regarding his playing status for the Super Bowl.

Seattle Times staff reporter


PHOENIX — During a final pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday morning, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he will support whatever decision All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman would make if the baby he is expecting with girlfriend Ashley Moss arrives early.

Sherman revealed this week the couple’s baby is due Feb. 12.

Sherman said he’s confident there won’t be an issue.

But if there is, Carroll said any decision would be “up to Richard.’’

“He knows that he has an opportunity to face a great decision,’’ Carroll said. “Whenever our players have a personal family issue that comes up, it’s always about the family first, and they have to decide what’s best for them, and I support that. However he goes with that — if he’s faced with that decision — we’ll support that. We’ll see how that goes.’’

Then Carroll laughed and said, “Can’t wait to see little Petey.”

Sherman has said he will not reveal the name until the baby is born.

Sherman said earlier in the week that his son is “not supposed to come Sunday. Obviously that’d change some things. But I think he’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game.

“He’s gonna do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two. But I’ve thought about the possibility of him coming during the game and coming before the game and we have things in place in case that happens. And, you know, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.’’

Mebane happy to go along for ride

Brandon Mebane is used to being in the middle of things for the Seahawks.

But for this Super Bowl, Mebane has no choice but to stand to the side, having been placed on injured reserve after pulling a hamstring Nov. 9 vs. the New York Giants.

Until then, Seattle coaches and players often said Mebane, a nose tackle, was performing as well as at any time in a Seahawks career that dates to 2007. No current player has been with the team longer.

After undergoing surgery to repair the hamstring, Mebane said he should be fully healthy by April, and definitely by next training camp.

For now, though, he can only watch. But Mebane said he’s preferring to focus on the fact he can at least go along for the ride as Seattle tries to win a second consecutive Super Bowl.

“It’s tough not to play,’’ said Mebane, who had missed just five games in his previous seven seasons with the Seahawks. “But you know, everything happens for a reason. I’ve been in there a long time, and it’s a rough game. I’d love to be out there with my teammates, but I’m happy to be here.’’

Mebane was hurt as he pivoted to try to make a tackle on a screen play.

“I just turned and ran, and it popped,’’ he said.

Mebane said he had no idea how bad it was until tests came back showing the muscle had pulled away from the bone.

Some doctors, he said, recommended he just rest it to heal. Others recommended surgery. Mebane decided to have the surgery. Now that he is on the road to recovery he thinks he made the right call.

Mebane, who turned 30 this month, is due to make $5.5 million in 2015 in what is the final season of a $25 million, five-year deal he signed in 2011.


• The Seahawks announced Friday that Ring of Honor member and former safety Kenny Easley will serve as the team’s honorary captain for the coin toss before the Super Bowl.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699

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