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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm with 30 Comments »
September 6, 2013 2:27 pm


RENTON _ Only fair, in a way, that if cornerback Brandon Browner is sidelined Sunday by a hamstring injury it might open the way for Walter Thurmond to start.

Cornerback karma.

In training camp two years ago, Thurmond was the starter until a leg injury allowed Browner to start all 16 games and be added to the Pro Bowl with a team-high six interceptions.

Browner suffered a hamstring injury in practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s season-opener at Carolina. He did not participate in Friday’s brief practice before the team headed to Charlotte.

“We’re going to wait and see until game day,” coach Pete Carroll said of Browner’s status. He would not elaborate on his replacement other than to say that both Thurmond and Byron Maxwell would play.

Thurmond is listed as Browner’s backup on the team’s depth chart, however.

Because of the depth in the secondary, they have the option of bumping Thurmond inside as the nickel cornerback — where he played much of the preseason — and going with Maxwell or Jeremy Lane at the outside cornerback.

Thurmond could be one of the feel-good stories for Seattle fans, because he certainly is popular among the staff who have praised the way he’s fought back through repeated injuries that have allowed him to see action in just eight games the past two seasons.

Such injury updates are often the focus of Friday practice reports, as Carroll offers information before the team departs.

The pass-rush defensive end position remains a question mark as the team readies to face versatile Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Projected starter Chris Clemons (knee) has been ruled out for this week. “Next week, he’ll go full go,” Carroll said. “He looks fine, it’s just a matter of him getting his confidence back, getting enough time really pushing on big bodies and working against resistance. We’re thrilled he’s going to make it back in the next couple weeks.”

His potential replacement at the position, Cliff Avril, is still recovering from a hamstring injury. “He had a very good week of practice,” Carroll said. “We’re going to take him up to game time and run him and see how he does.”

O’Brien Schofield is next on the depth chart there, with rookie free agent Benson Mayowa next in line. “He’s in the rotation,” Carroll said of Mayowa. “He’s going to play.”

Making quick recoveries from groin injuries were defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel, both of whom are listed as probable after having participated fully on Thursday and Friday.

Guard James Carpenter (foot) took more snaps than any linemen this week, Carroll said, as they try to work him into playing condition. “He had a great comeback,” Carroll said. “We’re fired up that he made it back.” Paul McQuistan is still listed as the starter at left guard.

On more of a long-term injury update, Carroll said that receiver Percy Harvin is “going to surprise doctors” with his recovery from a preseason hip surgery. Harvin tweeted this week that he is looking at a mid-season return.

“He’s been extremely pro-active and there’s been nothing but positive reports coming out,” Carroll said.  “He’s been great about it in every way. He’s doing things twice a day here and he’s giving himself a chance to hit that mark.”

Carroll called the Panthers “a very difficult matchup.”

The Seahawks are a 3.5-point favorite after an undefeated preseason and arising as a popular projection as the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl.

Asked of the expectations, Carroll said, “it’s been a part of our conversation, from way back, to get these guys mentally prepared for what was going to come, and it has happened kind of like we had planned. None of that stuff down the road matters right now. I think we’ve prepared ourselves to focus one week at a time. It’s much more of a discipline than you might think.”

Injury report: Seattle _ Out, T Michael Bowie (shoulder), DT Jordan Hill (biceps), DE Chris Clemons (knee). Doubtful, DE Cliff Avril (hamstring). Questionable, CB Brandon Browner (hamstring). Probable, WR Sidney Rice (knee), WR Stephen Williams (head), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Brandon Mebane (groin). Carolina — Out, RB Kenjon Barner (foot), CB James Dockery (thumb). Doubtful, S Mike Mitchell (calf). Quesitonable, WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring), G Amini Silatolu (hamstring), DT Dwan Edwards (thigh). Probable, TE Ben Hartsock (foot), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring), LB Jon Beeson (knee).


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  1. Hawkjitsu says:

    If Browner is out, then I would bounce WT3 inside and let Lane be our outside DB. I REALLY hope Browner is ready to thump, though.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Thurmond is the starting nickel corner now. If it’s not him kicking out to the edge, it would be Maxwell, I’d imagine.

  3. Hawkjitsu says:

    “Thurmond is listed as Browner’s backup on the team’s depth chart, however. Because of the depth in the secondary, they have the option of bumping Thurmond inside as the nickel cornerback — where he played much of the preseason — and going with Maxwell or Jeremy Lane at the outside cornerback.”

    Duke – That’s what PC said, but now that I read your post, I’m thinking with the awesome job he did at nickel, then Maxwell or Lane would be the better choice. Touche.

  4. Hawkjitsu says:

    Duke – Do you think our chances are better with Thurmond inside with Maxwell/Lane outside, or vice versa?

  5. Why not have Thurmond start on the outside in the base defense, then slide him to nickle and bring Maxwell in to cover the outside receiver? That keeps our top to CBs on the field and lets Thurmond play the nickle. We get out cake and eat it too.

  6. *top two. . . LOL

  7. Hawkjitsu says:

    Again OrrObb with an excellent suggestion. Tell me where your magic mirror is, you bastard!!! lol

  8. Because Thurmond can play outside and inside–and Maxwell as well–you may see them putting Thurmond on the best, or second best WR, no matter where he goes–and Maxwell getting the third guy, no matter if its slot or outside. That could potentially frustrate Carolina in trying for specific matchups.

  9. If Im Carolina, Im going after the Seahawks front 4 with the run, and throwing some deep shots to Olson the TE. Im also gonna send stuff right at Malcolm Smith, read-option etc.

  10. edstang45 says:

    I am omptimistic about our D-line now sounds like were pretty much intact except Clem and Irvin..Encouraged by this report on Clem. Avril needs to be the guy until Irvin and Clem are all the way back. Mayowa may surprise and become a gem…Reading about the DB situation sent goosebumps (or Jack Bumps) down my spine!!!! Dang were deep there, really it’s kinda unfair…haha… Injury situation is not as scary as it appeared earlier in week…and just a note we need to take care of Cam and the Pack needs to take care of kaperstink and next week we’ll be fightin for two game lead on 4th and9ers baby….Go Hawks

  11. Hawkjitsu says:

    STTBM – I could definitely see that, too. I just worry about excessive pre-snap motion from Carolina in hopes of confusing one of our young guys. I know we’re FANTASTIC at sniffing out any decoy movement or potential fakes…It just opens up that 1/2 second delay where the DB, LB, or S (well, we have ET and BamBam, so forget S) has to decide who to cover and obliterate. It’s one of those things that we’re exceptional in fixing, especially with PC & DQ. All it takes is that wrong choice by one of the young guys that turns a 2 yard gain that we trounce on into a 67 yard TD that leads to a tongue lashing by Sherm, PC, Quinn, and every other vet. Then they will show them how to make sure it NEVER happens again…..God I love the Seahawks.

  12. Quinton MIkell is the Panthers starting S in this game–he was out of football like last week. Plus, though he’s made one Pro Bowl, the guy just isnt that good. In fact, he sucked early in his career. Seattle should look to take advantage of him all game.

  13. Hawkjitsu says:

    P.S. – Sherman too. But he knows what the QB and WR’s are having for breakfast on game morning.

  14. edstang45 says:

    STTBM are you really concerned that the Camsthers can run on u

  15. Hawkjitsu says:

    Concerned they might run right back into the tunnel.

  16. I like maxwell on the outside Thurmond at nickel. Why disturb 2 positions versus next man up?

  17. Hawkjitsu says:

    We’ll be fine in the secondary. Now Pass Rush is kinda scaring me. We have a few young studs and a couple vets, but we’re going to have to pressure that LB masquerading as a QB.

  18. edstang45 says:

    Yea Hawk I’ve been worried about that all week, but feeling better as game time gets closer. Sounds like most of the guys will be ready

  19. Hawkjitsu says:

    I’m just keeping of the mind that We Will Be Unstoppable!!!! Bwaaahahahhahaaaaaa…..oops. My bad.

  20. edstang45 says:

    I’m watching replay of Chicago game, and the bonehead announcers talk like the Bears are the most impressive team, and hawks are wanna bees, well I wonder if it would sound different now lol…fun to go back and watch these games getting pumped for sunday baby..watching ass kicking of 4th and 9ers next

  21. edstang45 says:

    God Bless YouTube and Smart TV’s

  22. tealskin says:

    Going to be an interesting warmup to the game vs. Kaepernick. Cam passed for 40 yds. more per game than RW last season. He’s not just a runner. Can’t wait to see what our new DC comes up with.

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Hawkjitsu – I’d actually prefer Maxwell on the outside, preferring to keep Thurmond and Maxwell each where they played all preseason, if BB can’t go. But aside from that, yes, I trust Thurmond filling in for BB.

  24. Hawkjitsu says:

    For sure Duke. I would rather have a solid plan of who will be playing what, instead of having guys jump from position to position.

  25. banosser says:

    The D is gonna play stop the run/contain Newton.. punish him when they get their hands on him.. and make him beat our superior DBs with his arm..


  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m not concerned about Cam our the washed up Williams running the ball. They might get lucky with a few passes against Thurmond or Maxwell, but I think their offense is overrated. Their defensive front 7 is a different story. Those guys are good and will stifle the running game and life in the backfield with the sketchy pass protection from the guards and rt spot. Turnovers will decide this low scoring game.

    17 – 6 Seahawks.

  27. Southendzone says:

    STTBM’s Carolina game plan is exactly what I expect too. They know they aren’t going to win this game with Cam hitting multiple precision passes to guys covered by Sherman & Thurmon (or Browner), but if they spent any time watching virtually this same defense in the 2nd half of last year, they saw teams with success running & hitting seam patterns to the TE on us.

    Did the Hawks solve that problem over the offseason?
    Did we solve it after you consider the turnover and injuries on our D-Line?

    Hope so!

  28. bsinnitt says:

    I understand the concerns with the injuries on our front 7 but if Wilson can come out of the gate being efficient it will be a tough task for Newton. Carolina is hoping for a dog fight but if Wilson can spot our D a lead early Carolina will be in trouble IMO.

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree bsinnitt.

    In Wilson we trust.

  30. seatowntp says:

    I will likely get blasted for this, but I am a little concerned about RW overthrowing his receivers. It seems as though this preseason that has occurred with greater regularity. I fully understand that it was preseason. It was also evident that he was taking greater risks with his passes. It doesn’t worry me, but it is a concern.

    Also, I believe that O’Brien Schofield will provide strong up field pressure in the backfield. He seems like a great pick up.

    I cannot wait to see how the Seahawks will perform tomorrow!!!

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