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Walter Thurmond is the next man up

Since he took the Seahawks head job three years ago, Pete Carroll has preached a "next man up" mentality when it comes to injuries or suspension on his team.

So it’s appropriate that Walter Thurmond, who will start in place of a suspended Brandon Browner this weekend against Arizona at cornerback, will take that approach this week.

“It feels good to finally get the opportunity,” Thurmond said. “I’ve just got to make plays.”

Receiver Doug Baldwin goes against Seattle’s young cornerbacks everyday in practice, so he understands more than most the type of depth Seattle has at that position.

“I’m extremely confident,” Baldwin said. “Unfortunately this league is a what-have-you done-for-me-lately, type of league. We forget that Walter Thurmond was actually starting above Richard Sherman and B.B. Browner before they got here.

“So I have the utmost confidence in Thurmond, in just being able to practice against him, and also Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell. All those guys are more than capable of holding their own out there on the field.

Someone you might not know a lot about is rookie DeShawn Shead, who took Browner's spot on the active roster. The undrafted rookie free agent out of Portland State has been on the practice squad the entire season. But now that he’s on the active roster, at 6-1 and 220 pounds, Shead can provide a physical presence on the perimeter, similar to Browner.

Shead came in as a safety, but played cornerback his first three years for the Vikings. He also was a track star at Portland State, competing in the decathlon. Shead was an All-American in the decathlon in high school, taking third in the junior nationals.

“Definitely one of my strengths is man coverage,” Shead. “Playing press man-to-man I believe is one of my assets. And just being able to cover and react.”

Carroll said that Leroy Hill (ankle) will be limited today, but Malcolm Smith has an opportunity to compete for time at outside linebacker after playing well against Chicago last week.

Red Bryant (foot) will not practice today, but Carroll said that the defensive end is in better shape than he was at this time last week.