Seahawks lose CB Herndon to broken ankle

Updated: December 31, 2006, 7:47 PM ET news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- Seattle's Kelly Herndon broke his left ankle during the first half of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Seahawks without both of their starting cornerbacks.

Kelly Herndon

Herndon was injured making the tackle on Tampa Bay's Joey Galloway during a leaping 44-yard reception late in the first quarter. Seattle already was playing without Marcus Trufant, who has a sprained ankle.

The defending NFC champions have battled injuries all year, but entered Sunday's finale believing they were getting healthy and beginning to play better at the right time.

They scored on their first two possessions and never trailed in a 23-7 victory, but an already extensive injury report got longer with Herndon breaking his left ankle in the first half and linebacker Leroy Hill suffering a concussion and cornerback Jimmy Williams hobbling off late with a knee injury.

"We're losing guys at the wrong time ... but at the same time, everybody's just got to pick it up a little extra," Seahawks receiver Deion Branch said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.