Another Seahawk is getting suspended
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.