Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner isn’t buying it.
Asked about Jim Harbaugh’s comments on Friday, a day after the 49ers 13-6 win over Seattle, Browner wonder what the San Francisco head coach was complaining about.
“It’s obnoxious to me, to be honest,” Browner said. “You know what I’m saying? You won the football game. We play a physical sport. You guys beat us.”
Browner said he played the way he usually plays last Thursday down at Candlestick Park, when asked if he felt he played any differently against San Francisco.
“No, not at all,” Browner said. “I just went out there and did my thing. I didn’t get any penalties called – I thought I played a good game in that aspect.”
Browner was the most penalized player in the league last year, with 19 penalties called on him.
On Friday, Harbaugh questioned if the physical style of play by Browner and fellow Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman were within the rules.
“Yeah, I think that’s just an important thing to address,” Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. “I mean, what is this all being defined as? Is it physical play? Is it within the rules? I think that’s the biggest question, is it within the rules what’s happening? We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is.”
Harbaugh claimed he wasn’t trying to influence the officials for his team’s rematch with Seattle later this year on Dec. 23 at CenturyLink Field.
“Any time you ask me anything about any of the officiating from the game – the previous game or an upcoming game – there’s a way we’ve been instructed to handle that,” Harbaugh told the Sacramento Bee. “And that is to not criticize the officiating and to address any concerns and just anything you want clarification or interpretation about with the officials in New York.”
After being told that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he was surprised that Harbaugh felt his receivers were “overwhelmed”, the San Francisco head coach chuckled, according to the report.
“I’m not going to comment on or get paraphrased or let somebody quote somebody else and then have a reaction to it,” Harbaugh told The Bee. “I think you pretty much know, we’re from the sticks-and-stones school approach. Calling us names isn’t going to hurt us.”
Carroll took the high road after practice today.
“I just looked at the film, and I heard about the comments,” Carroll said. “I wanted to see what was the point – and I thought it was very normal game. I thought our guys played hard and tough, and they did, too. And that was it.
“I don’t really know what the reference was about. I just hope that it doesn’t go any farther – like to the league. There’s no need for it to.”
Thurmond, Moffitt return to practice
Cornerback Walter Thurmond returned to the field today for Seattle’s 90-minute practice inside the VMAC.
Thurmond put pads on for the first time since last October, when he fractured his fibula against Cleveland.
Thurmond told reporters that he re-fractured his fibula in March and had to have surgery, setting back in terms of his rehabilitation and getting back on the field.
“If I didn’t re-fracture it I would’ve been back already,” Thurmond said. “It’s just one of those things.”
Carroll said that Thurmond will remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for now, and that no timetable has been established on when the team will add him to the active roster.
Seattle has two more weeks to make a decision on when to bring Thurmond up to the 53-man roster.
“He looked very quick,” Carroll said. “He worked very hard to be in shape with the trainers, so he could start practicing and not have to ease him into practice and all of that. So he looked like he had really worked hard.”
Thurmond said he’s working this week to show the coaching staff he’s ready to go.
“Just giving the coaches confidence – I think that’s the biggest thing,” Thurmond said. “Just showing that I can still play like I was playing before I got injured, and so I’ve just got to prove that in practice, and earn my reps for the team.”
Offensive lineman John Moffitt also returned to practice today. Moffitt missed four games after aggravating a knee injury that forced him to cut short his rookie season in 2011.
“He got out there and practiced with us,” Carroll said. “That was great to see him out there. I don’t know how far along John will be until we get him through Wednesday’s practice, then we’ll have a better clue. But it’s great just to have him back.”
Carroll said receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) did not practice today.
Homework assignment — Preparing for the Lions
Carroll said that about half of today’s practice was geared toward preparing for Detroit, and that players were instructed to watch the Lions take on Chicago in the Monday Night Football game this evening.
“We did work some of just the introduction to the plan,” Carroll said. “We showed them their looks, and stuff like that, and then got off the field. We don’t have anything installed at this point at all. We’re just getting to know them today and tonight.”