Suspensions and roster moves we expected are taking place on the Seahawks’ first day back from a bye week break. The first domino to fall was defensive back Walter Thurmond III.
This official statement from an NFL spokesman:
“Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Thurmond will be eligible to return to the Seahawks’ active roster on Monday, December 23 following the team’s December 22 game against the Arizona Cardinals.”
With Brandon Browner expected to go on the IR with a groin injury, Seattle signed defensive back Perrish Cox to the 53 man roster. Cox was a 5th round draft pick in 2010 by the Denver Broncos. After spending 2011 out of football, he was primarily a special teams player for San Francisco until the 49ers released him earlier this month.
Byron Maxwell is all of a sudden Seattle’s starting right corner, with Jeremy Lane moving up to cover the slot receivers. The Hawks will likely make more roster moves to shore up a suddenly depleted corner back position. Signing DeShawn Shead off the practice squad is one option. Bringing back veterans Marcus Trufant or Antoine Winfield are possibilities.
Several media outlets have reported Brandon Browner is facing a one year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Browner sat out 4 games last season after testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug.
Timing for all the defensive secondary changes couldn’t be worse. Seattle hosts pass-happy Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints next Monday night. If the Seahawks were to lose at home they would be tied with the Saints for the best record in the NFC, and New Orleans would own home field advantage in the playoffs.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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