Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell past flu effects, ready to return

Jan 14, 2015, 4:18 PM | Updated: 4:21 pm
Byron Maxwell will return to the first-string defense in the Seahawks’ NFC title game vs. Gre...
Byron Maxwell will return to the first-string defense in the Seahawks' NFC title game vs. Green Bay. (AP)
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RENTON – Turns out it was lingering effects of the flu that limited Byron Maxwell to only a handful of special teams plays in Seattle’s win over Carolina.

A few days later and a few pounds lighter, Maxwell is ready to resume his role as the Seahawks’ starting right cornerback for Sunday’s NFC title game against Green Bay. He made that clear on Wednesday.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” he said.

It was a different story on Saturday. According to the team, Maxwell was having a hard time catching his breath during pregame warmups. He didn’t play a snap at cornerback and only four total, all of those coming on special teams.

While the issue was severe enough to keep him from handling his normal duties, Maxwell said it wasn’t as scary as it might have seemed.

“I mean, I had the flu so it wasn’t too bad,” he said. “It was like one of them things like, ‘I’ll be alright. I’m not going to die.'”

Maxwell said the flu bug had been going around Seattle’s locker room.

“I probably caught the worst of it,” he said “Some guys was sick but it seems like it’s getting out now.”

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