Wide receiver Damiere Byrd missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury, and if he cannot go against the Seahawks, it would open the door for Trent Sherfield to see more action.
The second-year receiver looked good in the preseason, but offensive playing time has been infrequent through the first three games. Sherfield has not recorded a catch in his 12 snaps, and to make matters worse, he had a memorable drop in Week 3 against the Panthers when he slipped behind the defense but couldn’t make a leaping grab.
Sherfield would welcome a big role on Sunday, but it’s not because he is yearning to put the miscue behind him. He’s already done that.
“In college, there was a period of time in training camp where I was putting the ball on the ground a lot,” Sherfield said. “My coach came up to me and said, ‘You keep thinking about the last drop. That’s why you keep putting these other ones on the ground.’ I had to tell myself, ‘That one is over with, and it’s on to the next play.’
“That’s something we preach in our room. No matter if you score a touchdown, put the ball on the ground, fumble a ball, the next play is always the most important play. And if the next play is the most important play, and I’m not worried about it anymore, then I’m definitely not going to worry about it 24 hours or 72 hours later. It’s about having a short-term memory, for the good and the bad.”
Sherfield had some nice moments as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2018, breaking into the rotation midway through the year and finishing with 19 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals will need all hands on deck if Byrd is unavailable, because they released veteran Michael Crabtree on Monday.
“Hopefully he can (play), but if not, I definitely see this as an opportunity to get in there and get a good rhythm from the jump,” Sherfield said. “I’m excited to make some plays and go get a win. It would be fun to go out there and get a flow early in the game and see the work I’ve put in show up on the field.”
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