Walter Thurmond ruled out for Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter
Thurmond against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday.
Thurmond injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday and has
been officially ruled out. The Seahawks will be forced to start
their third cornerback in as many weeks against the Bills.
”Walter’s doing it day-to-day,” head coach Pete Carroll said.
”On this day, he can’t go.”
Either Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start for
Seattle, with both expected to play extensively. Brandon Browner
started Seattle’s first 11 games before being suspended for a
violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Thurmond started last week in place of Browner before tweaking his
hamstring in practice.
Seattle had used only three cornerbacks through the first 11
weeks of the season: Browner, Richard Sherman and Marcus Trufant.
Trufant has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain and
has been ruled out as well for Sunday’s game. Now Seattle is down
to its fifth and sixth options at the position.
Both Maxwell and Lane played extensively in the Seahawks’ 58-0
win over the Arizona Cardinals last week.
”They’ve been playing a lot on special teams but it’s different
play after play,” Carroll said. ”The guys did well last week and
they got extensive play so it’s important and we feel better about
that because of it.”
Wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday after
missing the first two days of practice this week with a bruised
foot. Rice was in a walking boot Wednesday but was able to get work
in during Friday’s practice and is expected to play. Receiver
Charly Martin suffered a serious injury to his calf in practice on
Thursday and is expected to be placed on injured reserve. The team
has yet to make a move to fill Martin’s place on the active
Safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Red Bryant were full
participants in practice and are listed as probable. Running back
Marshawn Lynch was limited with back and foot injuries but is also
expected to play against the Bills.
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