The path for how the Seahawks are going to handle their cornerbacks is pretty clear.
Perrish Cox is in and should be the nickel back. Byron Maxwell will start. Jeremy Lane will also get run. DeShawn Shead is coming up from the practice squad when Brandon Browner is likely put on injured reserve, likely today.
What's less clear, is why the Seahawks continue to have issues with suspensions related to performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse.
That's a topic our Dave Boling addressed in his column today. From Boling:
So the tweeters and bloggers and bleeters want answers.
And all the Screamin’ A. Smiths and the like on national broadcasts are painting the Seahawks as caricatures, as if Cheech and Chong are starting at cornerbacks.
But before tarring the whole group by association, let’s clarify that this is not the Legion of Bong.
While the Browner reports were breaking Monday, safety Kam Chancellor was speaking to school kids and raising money for Toys for Tots. And Earl Thomas was probably playing the piano for old folks at a church someplace.
So if you demand blame, I’d lay the bulk on the guys who made the decision to break the rules, although they were well aware they were open to testing, and their absences by suspension would threaten what promised to be one of the best seasons in team history.
Young guys make errors in judgment. So does everybody else from time to time. This will cost them both far beyond the paychecks they’ll forfeit.
Boling does remind that Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner were given several chances by the Seahawks, yet they still chose this path.
> Art Thiel writes this situation is a distraction for the Seahawks.
> 710 ESPN says that the Seahawks have begun to move on from the suspensions.
> Here's a scouting report on Monday night's game from Nola.com.
> Seahawks.com takes a look at "the next man up," Byron Maxwell.
> Here is Carroll's press conference from yesterday. He talks again today.
> Yesterday was Jon Ryan's birthday. Not sure this picture is considered a present by anyone.
> There is a post at Pro Football Talk that suggests, very loosely, that Browner may have been wrongly moved into Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program. Again, this is suggested with a truckload of caveats, so, tread lightly with it.
> The 49ers activated WR Michael Crabtree.
> A film room look at the Titans, Chiefs, Cowboys and Panthers over at MMQB.