One more day until the final game to sort everything out. I think everyone is excited for Sunday — players, writers, fans — to get here so we can all find out what’s happening next.
Today, I wrote about Walter Thurmond’s return. As we talked about yesterday, Byron Maxwell will retain his starting spot opposite Richard Sherman. Thurmond said after practice Friday that he wasn’t sure what his role would be going forward.
His return should certainly be a boost. They can mix him in at nickel and get him and Jeremy Lane on the field in the rare times they run dime.
Perrish Cox was waived to make room for Thurmond on the 53-man roster, which gives us another week of As Percy Turns likely for the next two weeks. Earlier in the week, Pete Carroll gave what most took as a substantial hint that Harvin was heading for injured reserve. He was asked Friday if a roster move with Harvin was coming, and he said, “no.”
Couple other random notes from the week:
> Expect J.R. Sweezy to be back as the starter at right guard. Pretty good reviews for Michael Bowie after he filled in last week. Bowie told the TNT he was a bit surprised to be the starter at guard, but it worked well enough. Despite that, Sweezy will be back out there.
> I’d be surprised if Jermaine Kearse plays a lot Sunday. That will be an issue on special teams, where he’s been very good on kickoff coverage, and in the passing game, where Kearse has repeatedly shown a unique bailout skill on back-shoulder catches.
> Just from some visuals and conversations, K.J. Wright appears, at least outwardly, to be healing rapidly.
> Six Seahawks were named to the Pro Bowl yesterday. Russell Okung has obviously been an excellent player in the past when healthy. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate this season. I have no idea how someone can miss more than half of the games voting is based on, like Okung missing eight and playing seven, and get a sniff of the Pro Bowl. In addition, the Seahawks are on pace to break the record for punt returns allowed in a 16-game season, yet none of the main coverage guys or the punter are in line to go to the Pro Bowl. To quote Antrell Rolle, who was mad he didn’t make the roster, “This Pro Bowl (bad word) is a joke.” To make things worse, there will be a three-hour long, yes, three hour, “player draft” to sort out the teams for the Pro Bowl. Then, the meaningless game to follow. It’s a farce. The NFL needs to figure out how to get the voting right (it’s split into thirds, at the moment, among fans, players and coaches), then just name the team and eschew the game. Here are the full Pro Bowl rosters.
Links (not a lot of other topics out there today):
> Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN writes about the Seahawks suddenly being in a “high-stakes situation.”
> Double coverage of the game from ESPN.com.
> Here’s the Seahawks-Rams playbook from the NFL Network.
> The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that “scrappy” Kellen Clemens has helped keep the Rams’ season afloat.
> Legendary Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez discusses with Peter King preparing for his final game. In my younger days, I watched Gonzalez play in the NCAA Tournament with Cal at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.