Seahawks begin moving on after suspensions
By Danny O’Neil
RENTON – The Seahawks took the first step in moving past a pair of suspensions.
That was true for both the roster and coach Pete Carroll’s remarks after the Seahawks practiced on Tuesday afternoon.
“Over the break there were some issues that came up that we’ve dealt with,” Carroll said, “Ones that we feel very disappointed that some guys won’t be able to play with us.”
That would be Walter Thurmond, whose four-game suspension was announced by the league Tuesday, and fellow cornerback Brandon Browner, who is reportedly facing a year-long ban under the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The Seahawks signed Perrish Cox, a cornerback formerly of the Broncos and 49ers. He takes Thurmond’s spot on the 53-man roster while DeShawn Shead will be promoted from the practice squad once the Seahawks make a move involving Browner, which is expected to occur soon.
“We’re in good shape with the moves that will happen,” Carroll said.
The additions won’t include Antonio Winfield, at least not now, despite a report posted on the league’s official website Monday that the veteran cornerback who signed with Seattle over the offseason was expected to be back with the Seahawks.
Byron Maxwell will step in as the starting right cornerback, Carroll said. Second-year cornerback Jeremy Lane also has playing experience and will be a consideration for playing time, but Carroll didn’t specify who would step in as the slot cornerback when the team uses five defensive backs in its nickel package.
“On the upside, these guys are going to contribute in a big way just like our guys have across the board,” Carroll said.
As for Thurmond and Browner? League rules no longer ban players who are suspended for substance-abuse violations from being at the team facility, and Carroll indicated that they won’t be barred.
“We will always look to give guys a second chance around here,” Carroll said, “and the fact that the league has adjusted the rules and allows a guy that is suspended under these circumstances to be with us, we’re going to look after them.
“But we are disappointed.”
• Seattle’s players returned to work Monday, practiced Tuesday and will have a full day of game preparation on Wednesday before getting Thanksgiving off and returning to work Friday.