Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Walter Thurmond has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against St. Louis because of a lingering hamstring injury.
This is the third game Thurmond will miss, and Carroll seemed to indicate that he could miss Seattle’s first playoff game the following week as well.
“It hasn’t been as smooth as we’d like,” Carroll said about Thurmond. “He’s really been pushing, he just hasn’t been able to get out of the discomfort. With a hamstring you’ve got to come back feeling nothing. You can’t be nursing it, or you’re too vulnerable.
“But he’s still feeling it, and that’s not a good sign for this week obviously. It’s going to be hard for him to get back next week I would think.”
Linebacker Leroy Hill (hamstring) and offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (elbow) also are questionable. If Hill can’t go, Malcolm Smith would get the start. And Frank Omiyale would get the nod at right tackle if Giacomini is not available.
“He’s still questionable,” Carroll said about Hill. “We don’t know that yet. He’s run yesterday some and today some to show us that he can go. We’re not sure if he’s full speed yet or not until Saturday.”
The Seahawks appear to be preparing themselves in case Hill is not available. Defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo has been told he will be released. The Seahawks signed linebacker Allen Bradford from the practice squad to the active roster to fill in as depth.
Seattle also announced that receiver Deon Butler has been signed back to the active roster. Cornerback Ron Parker was released to make room for Butler.
Carroll said that Marcus Trufant came through fine this week. Trufant missed four games with a hamstring injury, but has been working most of the week inside at nickel cornerback, and will be available to play on Sunday.
“Tru did well,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to play. It’s great to have him back.”
Carroll also said Richard’s Sherman’s win in his appeal with the NFL was good news for the team, particularly with Brandon Browner returning for the team’s playoff run next week after serving a four-game suspension.
“It was a big announcement for Richard,” Carroll said. “Our guys love him, and he’s been a fantastic football player on this team. He knew that something was wrong from the start, and it worked out fine.
“But that was a positive for us. We know that the next week getting our guys back together is kind of like putting the band back together next week. It will be good back there.”
Safety Earl Thomas (ankle), tight end Anthony McCoy (back), running back Marshawn Lynch (back), receiver Golden Tate (illness), defensive end Red Bryant (foot), receiver Sidney Rice (knee) and Trufant all fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
For St. Louis, receiver Austin Pettis (shoulder), safety Craig Dahl (knee), cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh), running back Steven Jackson (illness), linebacker James Laurinaitis (back) and center Scott Wells (knee) are all probable for the Rams.