November 7, 2007

Sherman suspended

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh announced on Tuesday that leading wide receiver Richard Sherman has been suspended for the Cardinal's next game, which is against Washington State.

Sherman was called for a personal foul on Saturday in Stanford's 27-9 loss to Washington. Those watching on TV could see Sherman yelling at his teammates afterwards, and he was restrained by an assistant coach.

"We are going to continue to work with Richard and that's all I am going to say about that right now," Harbaugh said. "But that was a decision we made as a coaching staff after this ballgame."

"It was something the coaching staff agreed to. He will not be allowed to participate in any football activities this week."

Sherman, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Compton, has been very impressive this season, catching 38 balls for 646 yards and four touchdowns. He'll be missed, but the decision to suspend him is something that his teammates understand.

"It's a decision that all of us obviously respect, but it's very unfortunate, because this is a big game for us and we need Richard on the field," Evan Moore said. "He lost control and he knows that. Given the circumstances of the game, nothing was going right and he lost his cool a little bit. I know he'll learn from it."

For Sherman, it's important for him to learn his lesson, as Moore said. He's a player that gives it all and plays with a lot of emotion, but it needs to be controlled emotion, Moore added.

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