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Thurmond placed on IR; Browner returns

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm with 50 Comments »
December 31, 2012 4:35 pm

After missing three games with a lingering hamstring issue, cornerback Walter Thurmond was placed on injured reserve today, ending his season.

The University of Oregon product spent the first six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while he rehabbed a broken leg suffered in October 2011 against Cleveland.

Thurmond played in two games, starting one against Chicago this season.

Carroll said that Thurmond re-injured his hamstring last week.

“We couldn’t get him over the hump on it,” Carroll said. “He kind of re-tweaked again last week, and that means it’s going to be a couple weeks again. I think the whole return after the leg break that he had, he never really got back to full balance with his whole body, and he was just vulnerable.

“And so we just kind of just have to ice him for awhile here. Then when we get him back, he’ll be able to have a good offseason and get ready to go.”

Thurmond going on the injured reserve created a roster opening for Brandon Browner to return to the fold. Browner finished serving his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, and returned to team headquarters today.

“I talked to him today,” Carroll said. “He’s here. He’s worked out real hard. His weight is in good shape. He feels fast and all of that. He’s going to have fresh legs, relative to other guys here 16 games into it.

“But we have to see how he does.”

Carroll said after missing last week with a hamstring injury, linebacker Leroy Hill is expected to return to practice and be available this week.

“He looks good,” Carroll said. “He looks like he’s going to be okay. He was close last week. He’s got to make it through the practices. But he’ll get a good deal of work on Wednesday to see where he is, and then we’ll know more then.”

The Seahawks also made a couple moves on the practice squad, releasing receiver Corbin Louks and adding defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and bringing back cornerback Ron Parker.

The Seahawks released Parker last week so they could sign Deon Butler to the active roster.

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  1. Brentlyr says:

    Gotta feel bad for a guy getting hurt, but geez! Is
    he made of glass or what?

  2. thursday says:

    Assuming Browner has studied and all of that, I think him actually having the freshness could be a potentially awesome asset for us going into the playoffs.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It looked awhile back that Okung would be this way, however it seems he has gotten over it. Let’s hope Thurmond, and also Carpenter can do the same.

    Vote Wilson.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s very clear that these two are not only at the top of a great rookie class this year, but also near the top of all qbs in the NFL.

    Happy new year everyone.

  5. edstang45 says:

    Sorry to hear about Thurmond..but he’s been gone most of season, rest of team looks to be healthy, Tru and Hill need to stay strong for depth…Get healthy now If Thurmond can get healthy and stay healthy next year it will be like an extra draft pick, same with Carp..Now just go pound RGIII into the off season..Go Hawks

  6. edstang45 says:

    Great links GeorgiaHawk, thanks

  7. They are thoroughbreds in a violent game. You see it in baseball players too. Injuries compound and you have to reset completely…and then work yourself back into game condition and rehone your skills. It is not easy and it often takes multiple years to come back at the top level.

  8. DanielleMND says:

    Thurmond has had injury problems in collage and the pros. At this point, it’s hard to imagine him ever becoming a productive player. It’s sad, because when he’s healthy, he plays well.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I wonder if it’s simply a coincidence that both Carpenter and Thurmond have reinjured themselves as a result of being rushed back from their original injuries or if Seattle wasnt quite responsible enough with their rehab?

  10. MattandCindy says:

    I really like the way Walter Thurmond plays, but the guy just can’t stay healthy. It would be nice to bring him back next year, but it’s hard to throw away a roster spot because a guy gets injured more than a 95 year old blind woman on roller skates. And with a young, fast, extremely talented secondary, as well as John Schneider and Pete Carroll’s penchant for finding gems in the draft/FA…It wouldn’t be the end of the world if we cut him loose.

    Side Note: If Rex Ryan ends up keeping his job, then the world is really going to hell in a handbasket.

  11. Anyone surprised by this? Didn’t think so.

  12. Vaughan Meat-oga. Nice name for a d-line guy.

  13. Duke, what you suggest is a possibility. But I suspect that both Thurmond and (maybe) Carpenter are just injury prone. I was thinking the same about Okung and Rice, but they seem to be hanging in there.

  14. Dave Boling says:

    The Thurmond thing is tough because you can see he’s worked so hard to keep coming back from these things. I think back to Marcus Tubbs, and what a good draft pick he seemed to be at a position of need. He was so strong and athletic, and worked hard to come back from his first bad knee injury. If he could have stayed healthy, he might have really changed the way the Seahawk defense looked for years.

    A couple quick notes. The Seahawks on the 53-man roster have just 60 games of combined playoff experience — the least among the 12 teams in the post-season. Green Bay and New England have more than 200 games experience on each of their rosters. Washington is young, too, with 68 games combined experience.

    The last time the Seahawks won a road playoff game was on this date in 1983, 27-20 at Miami. That was five years before Russell Wilson was born.

    The Seahawk with the most experience in the post-season? Ken Norton Jr, with 18 games.

  15. MattandCindy says:

    Vaughn Meatoga (Hawaii) has bounced around to a few different practice squads in his first year. Cincinnati, Washington, Oakland, and now us. Let’s see if we can turn him into a pissed off brick wall, instead of another warm body for the practice squad.

  16. Carp is the same injury that was brought back too soon in hind sight. I will give him a little benefit.

    but IF – and only IF – the hawks can find a replacement for Thurmond in the draft or FA – I think you have to take it.

    OR if they think that Lane/Maxwell are ready to step up and play better – maybe he stays as the 5th and Trufant is gone

  17. 1-9 in road playoff games
    1-7 against division winners in the playoffs

    Living this history has been just as rough as the numbers indicate.

    Just 2 of the 6 double digit win seasons in franchise history resulted in division titles.

  18. It’s tough for Thurmond, and best wishes for him and hopes for a full recovery. But for the Hawks, they’ve got from now until the end of next season’s training camp to decide what to do about him.

    A fresh, healthy Brandon Browner, now that’s exciting. Who can forget the amazing, game changing play he made against Carolina early in the season? (Do I hear someone saying, “Oh yeah..”?)

    And thanks, Dave, for posting here like an ordinary guy. I’m sure I speak for all in saying that we really respect and appreciate your and Eric’s insights and commitments to the Hawks. Have a happy and prosperous New Year’s all! Here’s hoping we’re all hoarse and happy on Feb. 4.

  19. MattandCindy says:

    Mr. Boling- 60 games? Thats crazy. A positive though: There’s gonna be a lot of jacked up young guys on our sideline ready to unleash that buzzing feeling they have shooting through their body. And I would be willing to bet money that the most composed person on the field will be Russell “the Football Cyborg” Wilson.

  20. Dave, those are great factoids! I had conveniently forgotten how Mr. Hasselbeck lost those heart breaking road playoff games in GB and Chicago. That is one reason I never thought that Matt was anything more than a slightly above average QB. At any rate, let’s hope that Mr. Wilson can end the 31 year drought of road playoff victories. I think he can do it. It will be a great game!

  21. MattandCindy says:

    Georgia mention this earlier on a previous thread, but they were just talking about it again on Sirius.

    All the GM’s and coaches out there who wasted first, second, and third round picks on crappy players, or players who are having trouble developing. Then a team like the Seattle Seahawks pluck a superstar, franchise quarterback in the THIRD round and develop him at an insane rate, as well as finding quality players in just about every round and even a few UDFA gems. When owners have questions to their general managers and coaches about why things are going so poorly, there aren’t too many excuses anymore except for bad decision making, lack of research, or just plain bad luck.

    Our Seahawks don’t seem to have a problem with any of those things.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    That ’83 game against Miami Dave mentioned was one of the best games in Seahawk history. They won on a great drive that resulted in a Kreig to Largent TD. It was also the first season the Hawks were ever in the playoffs. (They had beaten Denver in the wild card at home the week before.) They went on to lose in LA against the Raiders in the AFC Championship game. Anyway, I’m sure most of you know, but for those that didn’t…

  23. Krieg made the big play (the long throw to Largent to set up the winning TD run) we’ve been looking for Seahawks QBs to make on the road since then. So many opportunities and so many failures.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    That’s right. Largert was pushed out at the 2 or so, an Warner ran it in.

  25. bayareahawkfan says:

    Miscellaneous thoughts from previous threads:

    – one thing that gives me plausible hope this team could end the history of road playoff futility is this: Seattle are the only team in the league this year to not have lost by more than 7 points
    – I got into an argument again against my better judgement in Facebook with a Packer fan, complaining about the Seattle game costing then the 1 seed; in addition to pointing out that a) Seattle would have been in this position with or without that win, as they have the tiebreaker over Minnesota, I got a little bit of satisfaction from pointing out that, of all places, Green Bat should be able to manage just fine given this outcome – it’s the only place in the world where there’s enough cheese to go with all those whines :)

    Happy new year, everyone – lets enjoy this week, but there’s no knowing what may happen on Sunday.

    Isn’t it nice to be able to cheer our team in January again?

  26. bayareahawkfan says:

    Oh and I forgot to add that all the Packers had to do was *win another game*.

    The Seattle game was early in the year, and they had everything in front of them. To still be complaining about that effecting their post season chances is ludicrous.

    I pointed out that if they wanted to see a botched call that directly affected playoff eligibility, they need only go back and watch the phantom Testeverde’s Helmet TD that cost Seattle a playoff berth, and Dennis Erickson his job.

  27. MattandCindy says:

    Now watch… If/When the Vikings run all over the Packers next week, the fans and trolls are still going to blame the replacement refs and Seattle. It’s like an alcoholic, bitter ex husband who blames everything bad in his life on his ex wife.

  28. Yet the Packers and their fans will accept it as their right they have received many favorable calls over the past 2 years. Anyone remember the Bill Leavy screw job against the Giants during last year’s playoffs?

  29. And Duke, that Seattle / Oakland AFC championship game opened with the Oakland safety getting personal foul for undressing a Seahawks receiver with a Kam-like hit that set the tempo for their dominance in that game. Sounds a bit like this Seahawks team – the Raiders were bad asses.

    And as for Green Bay, they are as easy to hate these days as the 49ers.

  30. Eh, they weren’t Oakland then, they were LA…habits are hard to break.

  31. Any thoughts on if any Seattle Front office guys will get looked at for promotions to some of these teams who dumped the Gm’s and FO guys?

  32. raymaines says:

    As for the Packers: The re-play official in Seattle wasn’t a replacement guy. He determined the call on the field was correct.

    How about if the cheese heads quit whining like school children and shouldered the blame for the second half collapse against Indianapolis in week 5, the 38-10 beat down NYG put on them in week 12, or letting AP run wild on them last Sunday?

  33. Exactly what I’ve been thinking, GB could have done just as well to win other games they dropped instead of lumping everything on one play.

  34. Happy New Year Hawk-A-Maniacts

  35. thursday says:

    I believe the Patriots have also not lost by more than 7 points this year

  36. Happy New Year to everyone here, Eric, Dave, Ryan. Here’s hoping 2013 builds on 2012 on and off the field.

  37. OregonHawk says:

    On the 1983 Game, don’t forget they beat the Raiders twice that year!

    I watched that game from a hospital bed, sledding accident cost me a kidney and spleen. Ahh to be young and stupid and think nothing will hurt you.

  38. That was the season that cemented me as a Seahawk fanatic. The AFC West was bad ass. Damn Raiders!

    Sorry about your kidney and spleen.

    Happy New Year! 2013… who would have thunk we’d make it this far.

  39. And here’s to drafting BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy in 2014!

  40. Sekolah says:

    Wow. WTF was Browner doing during his time off, fasting? He looks noticeably slender. A faster Brandon Browner is just bad news for the plans of any QB. Something tells me that R.G. III is about to face the nastiest secondary he’s ever seen in his life.

  41. BigBlew says:

    I believe this is going to be a trap game for the skins. They played thier butts off to beat the Boys. Only 8 more play off wins then the Seahawks. Remember the sonic booms here when a plane was intercepted in presidential air space? Thats going to be the sound of the Seahawk defence at R.F.K Sunday nite. BOOM,BOOM,BOOM. We win 21-13

  42. princeaden says:

    I would like to see RGIII try that gympy read-option around the end and have Browner unload on him Welker-style early on to set a tone. Then we could concentrate the focus in stopping the running back to get them in longer down and distance situations.

  43. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yea, beat him up a little but don’t knock him out of the game. I don’t want to have them face a healthy Cousins.

    BTW- Nice article Dave on the Seahawks today.

  44. princeaden says:

    What’s the deal with Moffitt ? DNP Coaches decision.. Hmmm !

  45. bayareahawkfan says:

    @Thursday – you’re right, only Seattle and New England have lost by 7 or less this season. I heard it was only Seattle on the radio yesterday; maybe they meant Seattle was the only team in the NFC.

    Either way, pretty solid company to keep. And that stat bears out what my eyes have seen – this team has been in every game, and they can play with anyone.

    Looking forward to this coming Sunday!

  46. GeorgiaHawk says:

    From Dave’s article yesterday-

    Wilson said the passing record flashed through his mind when he considered trying to pass it to Miller. “But I realized that’s not me,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t worried about that. The only thing was that we win the game.”

    Do you think Wilson would ever say “he stabbed me in the back” if he didn’t get a record?

    That’s what makes liking this team even better for me, we have so many players like Okung, Thomas, Unger, Red ,Baldwin, and Wilson.

    I’m so glad we don’t have head cases like Suh on this team. A great talent who instead of trying to become the next Reggie White, seems to becoming the next Albert Haynesworth. Those kind of players can destroy the chemistry of a team, imo. No wonder Detroit still sucks.

  47. confucious says:

    Agree wholeheartedly georgia. Selfish diva like players are a death sentence to winning at team sports.

  48. Sekolah – A side effect of adderall is it suppresses appetite. In fact before it was marketed for ADHD, the active ingredient was used to treat obesity (and other things). Let’s hope that is not what is going on with BB.

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