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Carroll confirms Thurmond to have season-ending surgery

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm with 15 Comments »
October 24, 2011 4:16 pm

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.

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.”

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  1. E – I just asked about the Thurmond injury on a few seconds ago on a different post and you already answered it. That’s fast!

    It’s unfortunate about Thurmond. I really feel bad for him. I’m glad to know he’ll be good-to-go for training camp though.

  2. He must have had more than a cracked fibula if they performed surgery on him. Never really can trust the media on these injuries because they usually don’t have any medical background. If it was just a sprain and a cracked, not fractured completely through, fibula there would be no need to have surgery. The fibula doesn’t bear much weight and wouldn’t need reinforcement if just cracked.

  3. Also, I would assume that he could resume running and other light activities before 4-6 months. I believe that timetable is probably for full football activities.

  4. chrisj122 says:

    This sucks, he was progessing and getting better. I hope this doesn’t set back development to much.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thurmond is the least of our problems right now! How about our sorry qb play or O-Line play?

  6. Just when I thought Carpenter was catching on, two steps back & turnstile. Better than preseason, but not NFL ready yet.

  7. chrisj122 says:

    I don’t really care about right now, I care about the future and for the Hawks to be good in the next couple of years the young guys need to get time in now including the O.L. so when we do get our future QB he will be sourounded by a good team on both sides of the ball.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The way it looks right now(IMO)is that the Seahawks will be picking between 5-10 in next years draft. Not good enough for Luck, however good enough to get one of his good O-Lineman!

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Has the SOTAF curse hit us again this year?

  10. freedom_X says:

    If I had to plan for the future, I would be forced to write off Thurmond. Anything he gives Seattle in the future is a bonus. He can’t be counted on.

    1st, it’s probably going to take him more than a year to regain his full speed and quickness, assuming he can regain it at all. It’s not like he’s had years of veteran experience to fall back on.

    2nd, since this is his 2nd serious injury in 2 years (1st in college, now in his 2nd pro season) he looks like an injury prone player. I don’t know if there is a medical or scientific basis behind this, but it would be pretty tough to argue he’s on a bad streak on injuries.

    So I think Seattle has to move on. It’s more likely Thurmond becomes a nickel back/safety type swingman in the future than a starting corner, let alone an elite one. The odds are just too long.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Nate – When it comes to reporting injuries it’s rarely the “media” that gets it wrong. Generally, they simply report the official team line. And as I’m sure you know, NFL coaches guard the true nature of injury like they’re the nuclear codes.

  12. Soggybuc says:

    There is a lot that makes up something like your ankle, not surprising that the reports lack details. most likely he cracked the bone and ripped the ligaments on top of it. a cracked bone wouldn’t need surgery but a torn ligament/tendon would. a combo of both means next year maybe.
    Really sucks as the kid was playing well and showing that he was not a “reach” by the staff. sucks but that the way it goes. remember Tubbs? greatest Seahawk ever that just never saw the field.

  13. It didn’t look that serious. A playoff team might have him back in action before the season ran out. Hope that to be the case because he is one of the most promising of these young Hawks.

  14. I totally agree Duke, you are right. The “media” depends on what is released as far as the injury report goes. I am just saying really the same thing you are. Unless we have somebody that is knowledgeable medically reporting the injuries, we are dependent on the team for the description of the injury. No team wants to let on more than they have to. I have decent medical knowledge, as I am a former EMT-B and am studying to be a radiological technician. I just trying to give everybody here as much info as I can. It could just be a broken fibula and a high ankle sprain. Hopefully that is all it is. If so, he should be full go or close to when camp starts in 2012. The fibula is not a weight-bearing bone and usually heals between 6-8 weeks, although it takes another couple of months before it is close to 100 %. That is probably why they gave the 4-6 month time table. He will be running in a couple of months but won’t be ready for full football activities until the 4-6 months are up. A sprain by definition means that some ligaments were torn, how much depends on the GRADE. Regardless, he should be ready come next training camp, unless they are TOTALLY lying about the extent of his injury. The thing that bothers me is that he needed surgery. That means that he either needed a plate or a rod inserted to reinforce the broken bone or he needed an open reduction, surgery to place the broken bone fragments in line so they would heal correctly. Regardless, he should be close to 100 % by the time the 2012 season opens.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Nate – That’s cool, good info. I was under the impression however, that the surgery was more for the ligament damage he suffered than the fracture. But information does seem to be a bit unclear regarding this. I’m guessing here, but if the fracture was sever enough to require a plate or rod as you mentioned, in combination with what we’ve been led to believe about the severity of the high ankle sprain, he’s got a lot of work ahead of him.

    One question you may be able to clear up: is it reasonable to presume the fib will heal much quicker than the potential ligament damage?

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