As our own Dave Boling reported on Friday, with Marcus Trufant doubtful because of a hamstring injury suffered during Thursday’s practice, it’s time for Walter Thurmond to step up.
The University of Oregon product has not been active on game days since re-joining the team from the Physically Unable to Perform list a few weeks ago. But Thurmond has been practicing with the first unit at nickel cornerback, and should provide some play-making ability as a slot defender against the Bears on Sunday, should Trufant not be healthy enough to play.
And if Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are suspended for four games, Thurmond could move outside and play cornerback, giving the Seahawks a similar presence on the outside with his wing span and speed.
“He’s a special football player so we’d like to get him involved some,” Carroll said heading into the Miami game. “It might be in some dime situations as well so we’re looking for a spot for him.”
Looks like that spot will be as the nickel cornerback against Chicago on Sunday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes the Seattle safety Kam Chancellor is returning to the place where he got his first taste of success as an NFL player as part of the team’s Bandit package two years ago against the Bears.
All three analysts with NFL Playbook pick the Bears over Seattle in this video link.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports is interested in seeing Chicago’s Brandon Marshall match up against Richard Sherman. Prisco: “Sherman, who is facing a four-game suspension for reportedly violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs, will play in this one. He is the best corner in the league this season, so that's big for Seattle. Expect him to spend a lot of time in man coverage on Marshall. I love these kinds of one-on-one battles. Both are physical players, which will make it fun.”
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports like Chicago 21-20 over the Seahawks. Check out his preview in the video below.
Tarvaris Jackson is frustrated with sitting on the sidelines as Buffalo’s third-string quarterback. The Seahawks face the Bills in two weeks. “I knew they were going to bring in one other quarterback, I didn’t think they were going to draft a guy, too,” said Jackson. “When they already had Matt and they drafted Russell, I figured I’d be the odd man out. They were kind of screwing me around. They had their plan the whole time, either Russell or Matt. It was obvious when we got to camp, especially in preseason when I didn’t play.”
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago writes that the Bears will let Eric Weems handle return duties with Devin Hester out because of a concussion.
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times offers an interesting scouting report on the Bears offensive line from an anonymous NFL scout.
A horrible story out of Kansas City this morning, as Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend, and then drove to the team’s facility and committed suicide. The couple leaves behind a three-month old daughter. The NFL is saying the game between the Chiefs and Carolina in Kansas City will move forward as planned on Sunday.