49ers CB Richard Sherman jogged on field for first time since Achilles tear
Since tearing his Achilles tendon back in last November, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers has been on a steady path to recovery from the injury. During that time, he has continued to keep a target date for some time between May and June for him to return to the field.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Sherman made another big step forward as he jogged onto the field for the first time since he suffered the injury.
#49ers CB Richard Sherman (Achilles) told me he jogged on the field for the first time Wednesday. Had been on the treadmill before. Said his Achilles "felt great" after. Sherman told me, "I'll be ready for training camp, but (the team) is going to be overly cautious either way."
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 17, 2018
This is a major step forward as Sherman had recently told Ryan Ward of CluchPoints that he was eyeing May 20 as his first day back in the fold. It puts him in line to be ready to play well ahead of the start of the 2018 campaign, which will mark his first playing another uniform aside from the Seattle Seahawks.
He had inked a three-year, $39 million incentive-laden deal in free agency with the 49ers after he was let go by the Seahawks after spending seven seasons with the team. The hope is that he can bounce back from his Achilles injury to continue to play like an elite talent at his position that was regarded as being in the conversation for best cornerbacks in the league.
Sherman has a proven resume to back up that notion as he has earned four Pro Bowl selections, three First-Team All-Pro nods, and a Second-Team All-Pro selection. Since the 2011 season, he ranks first in interceptions (32), passes defended (99), completion percentage allowed (47.4), and passer rating allowed (50.9). He has an opportunity in front of him to cement himself as a cornerstone in the 49ers’ young secondary to what come quickly become a promising situation in San Francisco.
With the 30-year-old back on the field with training camp beginning to start up, it should be a clear sign that he will be ready to go well before the 2018 season opener.