The Seattle Seahawks secondary is already facing issues with two cornerbacks up for possible suspensions and now veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant too is possibly out with a hamstring injury.
Marcus Trufant has missed practice with the team since sustaining the injury on Thursday. Meanwhile the Seattle Seahawks hit another stroke of bad luck due to No.1 receiver Sidney rice’s doubtful status after experiencing a tightening of calf muscles during the latter part of practice.
“We held him out at the end of practice. He felt his calf tighten up a little bit, so we limited his work at the end of practice,” said Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “We just have to see what happens tomorrow, but we think he’s OK.”
However, Marcus Trufant’s injury appears to be the more serious of the two.
“We took a look at it and he’s got an issue there we’re going to have to deal with (so) we put him down as doubtful at this time,” stated Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “We’re really surprised that popped up; it’s going to be really hard for him to get back from that.”
The former 1st round-pick out of Washington State Marcus Trufant has been predominantly playing at a low they third quarterback spot in nickel back situations. Third-year cornerback Walter Thurmond will likely fill in for Marcus Trufant after sitting out the whole season while rehabbing form last year’s broken leg.
Marcus Trufant’s absence could weigh heavier on the Seattle Seahawks due to the pending appeals of suspensions by veteran cornerback Brandon Brown and second-year cornerback Richard Sherman. If Brandon Brown and Richard Sherman’s appeal for suspensions over NFL’s ban on performance enhancing drugs are overlooked the Seattle Seahawks will lack critical depth at secondary.
Defensive end Red Bryant and linebacker Leroy Hill’s foot and ankle injuries could also become an issue for the Seattle Seahawks.
“(Bryant) did not do much today. We’re going to take him all the way up to game time; he’s dying to play,” Pete Carroll. “Leroy Hill ran and changed direction and had a legitimate workout today, so we’ll check him…all the way up to game time to see how that goes.”
Pete Carroll was more sure of Red Bryant’s inactive status earlier in the week and had listed tackle Alan Branch as his replacement with rookie Greg Scruggs taking over the newly vacated tackle spot. Later Pete Carroll appeared undecided, hinting at a possible rotation up front.
The impact of the injuries could be critical to the defense, especially after the way the Seattle Seahawks secondary struggled against the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter, giving up 17 points and 277 totall yards.
Pete Carroll himself acknowledged the impact of that defeat on the Seattle Seahawks defense.
“We were disappointed how we played, particularly at the end of that game,” said Pete Carroll. “These guys are very sincere about it, it’s a very serious group, with a lot of pride.”