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NFL announces Walter Thurmond suspension

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The news of Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond’s suspension broke on Sunday morning, but it didn’t become official until Tuesday afternoon.

That’s when the NFL announced that Thurmond will miss the next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will be eligible to return to the team for Week 17.

With Thurmond suspended and Brandon Browner injured (and facing a reported suspension of his own), the Seahawks are looking for help at cornerback. Antoine Winfield, Perrish Cox and Marcus Trufant have all surfaced on the radar and they have DeShawn Snead on the practice squad. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday that Cox will join the team if he passes a physical.

Schefter also reported that Browner could be headed to injured reserve, which would end his season and possibly the impending free agent’s tenure with the Seahawks as well. If that does happen, the team could make multiple moves to shore up the cornerback spot with the Saints coming to town on Monday.

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  1. mburkett1980 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:58 PM

    Not the news you want to hear when you have Drew Brees coming to town.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 26, 2013 3:59 PM

    I assume that everyone competing in the Tour de France and players on the Seahawks are on PEDs.

  3. zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:06 PM

    Is this a trend with the Seahawks? Will there be anyone left come playoff time? SEATTLE, get ready to soak this in b/c it’s going to hurt:

    One and Done come playoff time…I dont care who you play or where you play, this team isn’t good enough to keep losing players and expect the same play.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose home-field advantage before the playoffs start…Lets go Seattle, dont end your season before it’s suppose to end

  4. reesesteel23 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:07 PM

    These Hawks have some serious ped issues……

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 4:07 PM

    FOUR GAMES.

    What a joke.

  6. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 26, 2013 4:10 PM

    Performance Enhancing Dank…lol

  7. golforepar says: Nov 26, 2013 4:14 PM

    Another Seahawk Another suspension No surprise!

  8. dukeearl says: Nov 26, 2013 4:16 PM

    You can all read yet?
    Try to comprehend the difference, substance abuse vs. PED

  9. thebraso says: Nov 26, 2013 4:18 PM

    Why not just release browner?

  10. notoriousjebus says: Nov 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    You guys do realize that the substance abuse violation and performance enhancing drug violation are two different things right? Or do you just not care and see this as your golden opportunity to make jokes that aren’t the least bit funny or clever.

  11. seaeagle707 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    Will it ever sink in to these guy’s heads that the NFL, is not their benevolent daddies, and Roger is not an “angel of light”? Its obvious that the league is doing everything it can to deflect federal scrutiny of its business practices, and excessive use of illegal substances is one of the easier ways for the Feds to become “interested”. If they’ve “gotta” do weed, tone it down and not in public. It may be legal in Washington, but it isn’t in most of the country, and the NFL is a nationwide organization. The common excuse of “it should be legal”, ain’t gonna cut it with that “other” Washington (DC).

    Thank gosh we still have Lane, and Maxwell if needs be.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    The Legion of Doob.

    It is rather fascinating, though, how many people don’t understand the difference between substances of abuse and performance enhancing drugs.

    For those saying this spells the end of the Seahawks, let’s review the last four games they played without both Browner and Thurmond, which was only just last year:

    Seattle: 58 Arizona: 0
    Seattle: 50 Buffalo: 17
    Seattle: 42 San Francisco: 13
    Seattle: 20 St. Louis: 13

    Oh no, we are so totally doomed. Whatever shall we do?

  13. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Shouldn’t the league step in and do something about this team? 1 or 2 players on a team being suspended would be troubling, but in Seattle there is a system wide problem. I wonder who is the common denominator in Seattle. Is it a player or coach who is the leader of all of the cheating? Time to pull out the asterisk. NFC game of the week: Saints vs. Seahawks*

  14. dbara43 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:24 PM

    I think it’s obvious that we need a body or two to back up until Thurmond gets back, but last year I believe we won 58-0, 50-17, 42-13 (against SF) and 20-13 without both Browner and Thurmond.

    So read it and weep losers, our backups are better than your starters.

  15. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 26, 2013 4:26 PM

    @zam0854

    One and Done come playoff time…I dont care who you play or where you play, this team isn’t good enough to keep losing players and expect the same play.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose home-field advantage before the playoffs start…Lets go Seattle, dont end your season before it’s suppose to end
    —————————————-
    I have a hard time believing that even you believe that. It’s like when my 4 yr old tries to lie to me…I just pat her on the head and smile.

    Hawks are going to dismantle the Saints and then cruise to a ten point win that isn’t really that close in frisco.

    Then all will be quiet in the land of the trolls.

  16. atthemurph says: Nov 26, 2013 4:29 PM

    Pete Carroll…… cheating………. Seattle Seahawks…… cheaters……

  17. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 4:35 PM

    We’re noticing a trend here.

  18. voltron217 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:37 PM

    Carrol leaves just before USC gets slammed with NCAA violations and now the Seahawks continuously have players failing drug tests. Hmmmmmm its probably just a coincidence.

  19. zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:40 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:

    _____

    Two OT wins against teams picking in the TOP 10 in the NFL draft next season? And face it, Russell Wilson has been protecting the ball well this season, which reminds me of Alex Smith and KC Chiefs…Seattle doesnt have the offensive weapons to compete deep into the playoffs..

    Uncle Drew is coming, and so is Cousin Jimmy Graham….Cousin Jimmy will be dragging defenders into the end zone

  20. shayeezy says: Nov 26, 2013 4:41 PM

    four game suspension means this is his second offense (first is one game). might not be a PED suspension, but it still says a lot about his IQ.

  21. boisestatewhodat says: Nov 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Saints 38, Hawks 20…Sean Payton won’t be denied this time boys. He’ll have the Saints ready to roll in prime time (as they always do in prime time games…9 in a row)!

    Plus, tomorrow’s high in New Orleans is 47 degrees with lows in the 20s. Make no mistake, the best offensive mind in the game will have the Champs outside preparing for the weather!

    Seattle is, no doubt, the toughest place to play (NOLA being second toughest) but…the Saints’ focus will overcome the 12th man…early and often!

    WHO DAT!

  22. kylexitron says: Nov 26, 2013 4:51 PM

    Love how the Saints fans were talking about Thurmond prior to this as some no-name back-up that Brees was going to torch; now that he’s suspended they are acting like he was an all-pro CB.

    Hate to break it to you but the Seahawks still have arguably the league’s best CB (Sherman), the league’s best FS (Thomas – there is no argument), and the best SS for their defensive scheme (Chancellor).

    The next two guys up for Seattle are Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell whom would be #2 CB’s at worst on just about any other NFL roster.

    What Seattle is lacking is a legitimate nickel CB that is familiar with covering the slot. That doesn’t change the fact that they have one of the top groups of pass rushers and arguably the best secondary in the NFL, even without Browner/Thurmond.

  23. seatownballers says: Nov 26, 2013 4:51 PM

    Weed is not a ped.
    Zero players have tested for peds this year. Bruce irvin did in preseason, and was suspended the first 4 games.
    The cheating theory is lame

  24. sweetnlow44 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:53 PM

    10-1. Keep hating.

  25. zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    See, there are teams like the Pats, Broncos, Packers, or Saints(last season) that always had better offenses than defenses, and would need to score 35 points to win a game.

    Then there’s teams like the Seahawks, Ravens, and Chiefs that rely more on their defense than offense, and if there offense scored 20 points then they could win a game.

    You’re losing pieces on your defense and you’re telling me that ALL WILL BE ALRIGHT? Don’t think so!

  26. chiadam says: Nov 26, 2013 4:58 PM

    It’s probably easier to start reporting the Seahawks that aren’t taking drugs of one kind or another.

  27. tobis81 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:02 PM

    LMFAO, look at all these F’n retarded a TROLLS still ranting about PED’s…. Seriously, did any of you tools pass reading class in 1st grade? Clearly not, based on the fact all these articles clearly state both suspensions are not PED related, but rather substance abuse aka POT. I’m waiting to hear one of you losers try to claim smoking pot is cheating, LOL… And to the idiot ranting about the Hawks being one, and done in the playoffs… Browner was injured anyways, and Thurmond will be back for week 17, and the playoffs, smart guy. Lane, and Maxwell both stepped up last year at this time when Browner was suspended, and Thurmond was on IR. Of course if you had any football IQ you would have known that

  28. tobis81 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:05 PM

    ZAMO, too bad our offense scores almost 30 PPG big guy… Take a look at the numbers before you rant next time slick. Losing one starting CB is bad, let alone two, but at the same time, both Lane, and Maxwell stepped up last year in the same exact situation at the same exact time of year, and we went undefeated with them in the lineup!!!

  29. trollhammer20 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:40 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:

    _____

    Two OT wins against teams picking in the TOP 10 in the NFL draft next season?
    _________________________________

    And an evisceration against a 49er team you needed the Hand of the Ref to beat at home (thanks for that, by the way).

    Funny how you overlook that one in your deep analysis of our schedule….or the 2 point squeaker you had against a Falcons team we easily buried.

    Regardless, it’s on for Monday Night. Bring your sweater and your raincoat: Forecast is for showers and temperatures between 28-39 degrees.

    A cold dose of reality awaits.

  30. trollhammer20 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    See, there are teams like the Pats, Broncos, Packers, or Saints(last season) that always had better offenses than defenses, and would need to score 35 points to win a game.

    Then there’s teams like the Seahawks, Ravens, and Chiefs that rely more on their defense than offense, and if there offense scored 20 points then they could win a game.

    You’re losing pieces on your defense and you’re telling me that ALL WILL BE ALRIGHT? Don’t think so!
    ________________________________

    So, you didn’t know Seattle has played most of the season without both starting offensive tackles, both of which are healthy now?

    And you didn’t know this same Seattle offense posted 58, 50, and 42 in consecutive weeks last season?

    And you didn’t know they just added Percy Harvin?

    I think there’s a lot you don’t know. But it’s OK. There is time to learn. Class is in session this Monday.

  31. purpleguy says: Nov 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    Whether Browner and Thurmond took PEDs or recreational drugs that constitute CBA violations isn’t really the point — the point is the morons were stupid and/or arrogant enough to still take them after all the warnings and prior violations by other team members. They deserve the suspensions due to their incredible stupidity.

  32. mburkett1980 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    Seattle: 58 Arizona: 0
    Seattle: 50 Buffalo: 17
    Seattle: 42 San Francisco: 13
    Seattle: 20 St. Louis: 13

    …not a single first ballot Hall of Fame QB in that group. Seattle’s secondary is going to get lit up by Brees and co. Will it be enough for a Saints win? I don’t know. But Brees will get his 350+.

  33. norcalseahawkfan says: Nov 26, 2013 5:39 PM

    thebraso says:
    Nov 26, 2013 4:18 PM
    Why not just release browner?
    ——————————————————-
    Why make it easy for him?
    You want him for your team, so he can do the same to you? Why?
    Yea he is good, but at what price?
    I am so tired of players that do crap like this and bring so much disrespect any team (not just mine) Every team has their morons.
    49ers have Aldon.
    Pats had Hernandez, and so on.
    At some point teams are going to look at these guys no matter how good they are and say no thanks.
    Billionare team owners dont like being embareASSed.

  34. osiris33 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    You Saints fans are delusional. Yeah the score will be 38-20, but it be the Seahawks walking away with an easy win.

  35. fearthehoody says: Nov 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    Is it racist that everyone here is saying its pot? May be the seahags love the Seattle “Snow Storms”

  36. tincansailor981 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    Seahags, I like that one.

  37. matt14gg says: Nov 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    When Pete Carroll is winning games in the NFL I immediately suspect something’s up. And when things fall apart around Pete it usually happens in a big way.

  38. jackmayhoffer says: Nov 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    It will be one of the better games this year and I look forward to seeing who pulls it out.

    Why does everyone assume its weed they got popped for? Maybe it was meth, would fit in with the performance enhancing theme this team has. Lots of meth heads get on adderall to come down off meth and we already know they like there adderall.
    Sorry couldn’t resist.

  39. beastmode5150 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:44 PM

    Guys that say weed is a PED, does it physically hurt to be so dumb?

  40. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:49 PM

    The ignorant cannot even read the difference between “substance abuse” vs. “performance enhancing drugs”. Nobody is suspended for PED use.

    Seattle is 10-1 and basically a lock for home field in the playoffs. If we lay a beatdown on the Saints while missing 2 starting CBs when they are the other top rated conference opponent. I wonder what the trolls will have to say about that??

  41. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:52 PM

    The next two guys up for Seattle are Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell whom would be #2 CB’s at worst on just about any other NFL roster.

    What Seattle is lacking is a legitimate nickel CB that is familiar with covering the slot. That doesn’t change the fact that they have one of the top groups of pass rushers and arguably the best secondary in the NFL, even without Browner/Thurmond.

    ——————————————————–

    Exactly, my only worry was at the Nickel CB. Thurmond was a monster inside. Completely comfortable with Maxwell outside who has already been playing outside almost half the games this year.

  42. patsbrat says: Nov 26, 2013 7:30 PM

    Does anybody know what the record is for most suspensions on a single team for a season or a 2 season span? Are the Seahawks setting or near setting records here?

  43. wtfchiefs says: Nov 26, 2013 8:55 PM

    7 Seahawks have tested positive for drugs and/or PED’s since 2011, some are repeat offenders. There is an obvious drug culture in that locker room, and to think the coaches are unaware of this is ludicrous. Funny how it’s just a headline here, a headline there, yet no one in the media questions or investigates what may be going on within that team’s inner fabric.

  44. tobis81 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:50 PM

    ZAMO, the Saints currently average 27.7 points per game this season, while the Seahawks currently average 27.8 PPG. So much for your lame comment about us relying on only our defense to win games, huh little fella. LMFAO!

  45. genebulge says: Nov 27, 2013 4:33 PM

    FYI for all you Seahawks haters, Thurmond’s suspension was not for any PED it was for substance abuse and it is pretty certain that it was marijuana. The Seahawks are deep and will keep winning. For about six weeks they played with the two starting o line tackles and a few of those games the starting center was out too, all from injuries. Pete changed several guys normal positions so really had a patched o line that wasn’t the best but now they are back and also Percy Harvin. They are vastly improved on the offense, and they have two very capable CB’s they called up off the practice squad. Same guys that played in place of Browner the last 4 games last year of which 3 were blow outs. So sorry to disappoint you haters but the Seahawks wont miss a beat without Thurmond or Browner. Go Hawks

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