Walter Thurmond to serve 4-game suspension for substance abuse violation

Another Seahawk is getting suspended

11/25/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Seattle Seahawks troubles with the league’s substance abuse policy continue this year with cornerback Walter Thurmond facing a four game suspension. But just to be clear, Thurmond’s suspension is non-PED related, according to NFL Network Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Dave Mahler of Seattle’s Sports Radio KJR 950 said that he is hearing Thurmond’s suspension stems from marijuana use.
Rapoport reported earlier this week that Thurmond is appealing the suspension. But the fourth-year pro is now dropping the appeal to return in time for the playoffs. That will still keep Thurmond sidelined for Weeks 13-16.
The Seahawks, who are on a bye this week, won’t play again until Dec. 2 against the New Orleans Saints. Thurmond’s suspension is another blow the Seahawks’ secondary that is already depleted without Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner, who is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks due to a groin injury.
Thurmond briefly took over the starting duties in wake of Browner’s injury. Over 11 games this season, Thurmond started the past three games. Thurmond has 31 tackles on the season and played well in Browner’s absence, returning an interception 29 yards for a touchdown in last week’s 41-20 win against the Minnesota Vikings.
Without either Thurmond or Browner in the lineup over the next couple of weeks, Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell will expected to step up to bigger roles in the Seahawks’ secondary. Maxwell is expected to serve as starting right cornerback, with Lane manning the slot.
The Seahawks (10-1) own the best record in the NFC, thanks in part to a No. 2-ranking defense against the pass. In their own division, the Seahawks hold a 3 1/2 game lead over the San Francisco 49ers as well as the Arizona Cardinals – so that the team seems to be almost a lock to earn first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. But the Seahawks are entering the toughest point of their schedule, with the team due to host the New Orleans Saints (9-2) a whole week from now, before visiting the 49ers in Week 14. These crucial pair of games could truly determine whether the Seahawks secures home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
The Seahawks will finish their end-of-the-season road trip at New York against the Giants, before returning to Seattle to play the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams (in that order) over the last two week of the regular season.
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11/25/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

This annoys me to no end. What are these guys thinking when they do this? Whether any of us agree that these substances should be banned or not (PED related or non-PED related) the fact remains that they ARE in fact banned, and there are consequences to popping positive for one of them. These consequence affect not only the player, but the team - and right now, we do not need yet another corner out! What was he thinking? Ugh. 

At any rate, Maxwell and Lane stepped up big time last year when Browner was out on suspension (ugh) and I'm pretty sure Thurmond was out with an injury, and they did pretty well. Hopefully that continues. Apparently the team is also reaching out to Winfield for depth.