Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll held out hope that cornerback Walter Thurmond could return this season from an ankle injury. However, Carroll confirmed to reporters this afternoon that Thurmond will have ankle surgery and has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
“He’s got a pretty torn up ankle, with a high-ankle sprain that’s serious and also a fracture,” Carroll said. “And so we’re going to lose him for the rest of the season unfortunately.
“It’s a tough deal because he was just getting started, and just getting rolling. It’s difficult for him.”
Thurmond has a four-to-six month recovery from the surgery.
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In Thurmond’s place, the Seahawks claimed cornerback Ron Parker off waivers and added him to the active roster. Parker went to training camp with Seattle and began the year on practice squad, but was released two weeks into the season and was replaced by safety Chris Maragos. The Oakland Raiders later added Parker to the practice squad and later added him to their active roster.
But with Oakland in need of a kicker because of an injury to Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders cut Parker from the active roster to add a second kicker.
Also, with an extra spot on the practice squad after moving up Maragos to the active roster, the Seahawks brought back running back Vai Taua.
Carroll said that Richard Sherman will get the first opportunity to fill the starting cornerback role opposite Brandon Browner, and that Sherman played well filling in for Thurmond in the second half against Cleveland.
“Sherman did a good job,” Carroll said. “He did very well. I was really pleased with his play. I studied him very carefully, wanted to make sure that I had a good sense of how he did in his first extensive activity. He did well in man-to-man stuff. He did well in zone stuff, and he had a couple nice tackles coming up.”
Roy Lewis also could be brought off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and added to the active roster this week for added depth and experience in the secondary.
Carroll was cautious in predicting if Tarvaris Jackson would play this week, saying he wanted to see how much he could do in practice on Wednesday and take it one day at a time.
However, Carroll said that Charlie Whitehurst would start again if Jackson can’t go against Cincinnati on Sunday, and that Josh Portis needs more time to get ready to play.
Carroll said that they will continue to monitor Marshawn Lynch’s back situation this week, but that Lynch is determined to play against Cincinnati. Carroll said that Lynch has lower back spasms that have been an ongoing situation for him.
“This has not been a new issue, but it’s just been managed until now,” Carroll said. “And it just popped up as a problem. So I’m sure we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing to keep him going, and watch for the signs.”
Carroll said that tight end Zach Miller still has not been cleared from a concussion and will have to wait until Wednesday. Center Max Unger has a better chance to begin practice on Wednesday. Unger’s foot will be tested on Tuesday.
“He’s much better than he was and he’s getting along better,” Carroll said. “But we won’t know if he can do all of the pushing and all of the stuff he needs to do to play full speed until probably late in the week.”