In this audio interview with Dave Mahler of KJR-AM radio, Seattle Seahawks general manager confirms that cornerback Walter Thurmond has suffered a setback in his rehab from a broken leg suffered last season at Cleveland.
Thurmond recently had a second surgery, which means he could start out on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list at the beginning of training camp, and is likely one of the reasons Seattle looked to bring Marcus Trufant back in the fold.
“We’ll see how he rehabs here,” Schneider said about Thurmond. “He had a little setback along the way. And we’ll just see how he progresses. He’s been a quick healer.”
Schneider also said that Trufant will get an opportunity to compete for the nickel defensive back job, but also gives Seattle depth as a veteran corner behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Recent addition Barrett Ruud is penciled in as the starting middle linebacker job for the time being, Schneider said, but that doesn’t mean Seattle won’t draft a middle linebacker in the first round.
Marcus Trufant tells Ian Furness of KJR-AM in this audio link that his decision came down to Denver or remaining in Seattle.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin visited Seattle on Tuesday.
First reported by Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM, according to NFLPA records defensive tackle Clinton McDonald has signed his exclusive rights deal for a base salary of $540,000 in 2012.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks to Ricardo Lockette, who has high expectations for his second season.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in his latest mock draft, while his counterpart Dane Brugler has the Seahawks selecting USC defensive end Nick Perry.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post takes a closer look at the death of the workhorse running back, which is interesting because Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch is bucking the trend with 285 carries last year.
Former NFL safety Corey Chavous talks to Mike Florio of ProFootballtalk.com about the “testing” of injuries and the realities of pro football.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks with former NFL defensive lineman Chidi Ahanotu, who says his former defensive coach in Buffalo Gregg Williams of the bounty scandal “was softest coach I’ve been around.”
This article from Smart Football points to the growing trend of no-huddle football, and wonders with the latest technology of radio headsets in quarterback helmets why teams huddle at all. If run efficiently, no-huddle offenses can be effective, but there are also times teams want to slow down the tempo with the huddle, particularly if you’re a running team like Seattle.