By Chris Cluff
While the Seahawks got the best news of the week Thursday when Richard Sherman won his appeal of his four-game suspension, the bad news came Friday: Walter Thurmond’s season apparently is over, and the Seahawks also could be without Leroy Hill and Breno Giacomini when they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Thurmond would miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury and appeared doubtful for the playoff game the next week. Then Thurmond tweeted Friday night that he is done for the season.
The edited tweet: “Thanks to everyone who has supported me through thick and thin. It’s greatly appreciated. Seems my journey has come to an end this year. Until next year.”
Earlier in the day, Carroll told reporters the second-year cornerback’s recovery “hasn’t been as smooth as we would like. He has really been pushing and he just hasn’t been able to get out of the discomfort. With a hamstring, you’ve got to come back feeling nothing. You can’t be nursing it or you’re too vulnerable. He’s still feeling it and that’s not a good sign for this week obviously, and it’s going to be hard for him to get back next week, too, I would think.”
Based on Thurmond’s tweet, the Hawks apparently decided to put him on injured reserve. That could mean Ron Parker stays with the team, although Marcus Trufant returns this week, so perhaps the Hawks will add someone else. Trufant made it through the week after missing four games with a hamstring injury.
Parker was released so the Hawks could re-sign wide receiver Deon Butler, who was on the roster the last two weeks but then was released Monday as Winston Guy returned from a suspension.
The Hawks, who have just four receivers, apparently decided they wanted Butler back. Sidney Rice is nursing a balky knee, and Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are the only other receivers on the roster. Rice practiced for the second straight day Friday and is probable for the Rams.
However, Hill (hamstring) and Giacomini (elbow) are questionable. The team seemed to be preparing not to have Hill when it promoted linebacker Allen Bradford to the active roster and released defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo. Malcolm Smith would start again if Hill cannot play. Smith started against Chicago and Arizona while Hill was out with a sprained ankle.
Giacomini has started every game at right tackle, and the Hawks are the No. 2 team in the league (4.95 yards per carry, per Football Outsiders) running off right tackle behind Giacomini. If he can’t go, Frank Omiyale would start. Omiyale started for an injured Russell Okung on the left side in Week 2, and the Hawks and for 182 yards against Dallas.
- Out: CB Walter Thurmond (hamstring).
- Questionable: OT Breno Giacomini (elbow), LB Leroy Hill (hamstring).
- Probable: DE Red Bryant (foot), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), TE Anthony McCoy (back), WR Sidney Rice (knee), WR Golden Tate (illness), S Earl Thomas (ankle), CB Marcus Trufant.
- IR: DE Dexter Davis (hip), TE Cameron Morrah (toe), WR Ben Obomanu (wrist), WR Charly Martin (calf).
- Probable: S Craig Dahl (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), RB Steven Jackson (illness), LB James Laurinaitis (back), WR Austin Pettis (shoulder), C Scott Wells (knee).
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Chris Cluff worked as a sports editor and writer for The Seattle Times for 11 years and has written two books on the Seattle Seahawks. Since leaving the Times, he has written about the Seahawks and Seattle sports for Bleacher Report and the blog he shares with a fellow sportswriter, outsidethepressbox.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.