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49ers CB Richard Sherman’s hamstring injury is a good thing, according to GM John Lynch

John Lynch, Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman hurt himself last week during practice, sustaining a hamstring injury that will force him to miss at least the San Francisco 49ers’ first game of the preseason this Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Regardless of the extent of the injury, hearing an update about an expensive player getting hurt is never going to be music to the ears of NFL general managers. However, John Lynch had an interesting take about Sherman’s injury during a guest appearance on the Murph and Mac Podcast of KNBR (h/t Kirk Larrabee of 247 Sports).

“The eternal optimist in me, I kind of feel like this played out just perfect,” Lynch said during an interview on KNBR’s Murph and Mac Podcast Monday. “I know from being a veteran player coming back from an injury, you have to get over a psychological hurdle. I think Richard did that.”

John Lynch was referring to another injury suffered by Sherman. Last season, while still with the Seattle Seahawks, the veteran cornerback was limited to just nine games after rupturing his Achilles tendon. The extra time he will get to recover from a hamstring strain should benefit his progress towards a full recovery from the other and more serious injury.

Despite the hamstring issue, Sherman expressed his confidence in Sherman being battle ready for the 2018 season.

Now he’s got something he’s dealing with, but he knows how to get ready for a season. He will be ready, and it gives him two more weeks for the injuries he’s coming off to kind of heal up. We need him for September 9 (against Minnesota).”