Lost in the news that Marcus Trufant is done for the year on Monday was second-year pro Walter Thurmond getting his first opportunity to regularly start in his career.
The Seahawks had been grooming the University of Oregon product for this moment, and he appears up to the task.
Thurmond joins a young but talented secondary for Seattle that already has five interceptions on the year, and has given up just six passing touchdowns on the season, tied for fourth overall. Last season Seattle gave up 31 passing touchdowns, tied for third worst in the league.
“We know we’ve got playmakers back there, so it’s time for them to step up,” linebacker Leroy Hill said. “We’re all professionals here. So everybody’s ready to play, and we’ve just got to move on. It’s part of the game.”
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