We just got a chance to talk to new Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond via conference call.
Thurmond said that his rehab from his right knee surgery is going well and he expects to be ready for training camp at the end of July. Thurmond said he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL ligaments last year against Cal in September.
“I’m about seven months out now,” he said. “I’m running, cutting and doing all of the DB drills right now. And I’ve just got to strengthen may hamstrings and quads a little bit more to get that speed back.”
Thurmond, a team captain for Oregon his senior season last year, was at the combine in February, but did not participate in drills there and just went through the interview process and medical evaluations.
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Thurmond said he started running again in January, and that when he went to the combine teams started showing some interest in him after finding out the rehab was going well.
He looks forward to playing for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who he knows from playing in the Pac-10.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “Carroll’s a great coach. I played against him 3 ½ years, but he’s a really good coach. He’s all about winning, and that’s what I’m about. I just want to come up there and compete for a starting job.”