One defensive back may be out for the rest of the season while another is going to miss nearly the rest of the regular season. Neither of these are injury related.
The Seattle Seahawks will go into their showdown against New Orleans on Monday night short-handed in the secondary after starting cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the team’s next four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Pete Carroll is hopeful the Seattle Seahawks will get starting cornerback Brandon Browner back in time for Sunday night’s NFC West showdown with San Francisco after he missed last week’s season opener against Carolina with a hamstring injury.
Steve, Bill, & Jason talk with Seattle Seahawk Walter Thurmond, UW Husky Football head coach Steve Sarkisian, The Herald sports columnist John Boyle, Sacramento Bee 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows, and CBS Sports radio host John Feinstein
Walter Thurmond is on IR, but Browner returns to his spot opposite Richard Sherman, and Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell are more experienced after having filled in for Browner over the last three weeks.
The Seahawks are OK at cornerback with Richard Sherman winning his suspension appeal and Trufant returning, but they might be without linebacker Leroy Hill and right tackle Breno Giacomini.
Jason Jones is on IR with torn knee cartilage, but cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond could return from hamstring injuries. Leading receiver Sidney Rice also is a game-time call with a sore knee.
Dropped passes and poor rush defense were the reasons the Seahawks lost 13-6 in San Francisco in Week Seven. Seattle will have to be better in both departments if it is going to win this time.
Walter Thurmond joins suspended corners Brandon Browner and injured Marcus Trufant on the sideline, and WR Charly Martin was place on IR. The good news: Sidney Rice will play.
The Buffalo Bills replaced Marshawn Lynch in 2010 with first-round pick C.J. Spiller, and since then Lynch has merely rushed for 3,043 yards and 27 touchdowns in 40 games for the Seattle Seahawks.