Report: Hawks’ Thurmond facing 4-game suspension

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning.

And to be clear, this is different from the performance enhancing drug policy that has led to the suspension of several other Seahawks in recent years.

According to Rapoport, Thurmond is currently in the appeals process, but will drop the appeal this week so he can serve the suspension before the postseason.

Thurmond Tweeted an apology on Sunday.

“Yes I made a mistake and I have to live with the consequences.

“I’m disappointed in myself for letting my teammates and family down.”

Thurmond has been Seattle’s nickel cornerback this season, and moved into a starting role with Brandon Browner sidelined by a groin injury (he also started the first two games with Browner out with a hamstring injury).

Thurmond is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. On the season, he’s made 31 tackles to go with an interception, a sack and six defended passes.

This suspension, along with Browner’s continued absence — head coach Pete Carroll said last week that it was at least a four-to-six-week injury — will test Seattle’s considerable depth at cornerback.

Byron Maxwell stepped in for Browner last week at right cornerback when Thurmond slid into the nickel spot, though Jeremy Lane was also worked into the rotation. Thurmond’s suspension will open up a roster spot, so the Seahawks will likely add a defensive back, quite possibly DeShawn Shead, who is currently on their practice squad.

This is the second time in as many years that Seattle’s secondary has taken a hit late in the season due to suspension, with Browner serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.

More in Sports

Monroe football’s historic season ends with loss to Sumner

The Spartans’ big second half hands the Bearcats a 56-14 4A state quarterfinals loss.

Lake Stevens’ Eason is The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year

The Seattle University-bound senior setter was a stabilizing presence for the Vikings.

Huskies rally to beat Utah on last-second field goal

No. 16 Washington scores 10 points in the last minute to stun Utah 33-30.

Saturday’s prep postseason results

FOOTBALL 4A State Tournament Nov. 18 Quarterfinals Central Valley 41, Skyline 0… Continue reading

Neale finishes as runner-up at NCAA cross country nationals

The University of Washington senior and Glacier Peak High School alum kicks her way to second.

The Herald’s 2017 All-Area High School Volleyball Team

Related: Lake Stevens senior Lilly Eason is The Herald’s 2017 Volleyball Player… Continue reading

King’s girls soccer team wins 1A state championship

The Knights outlasted Cascade (Leavenworth) in a shootout to post a 2-1 (8-7 PK) victory.

Seahawks won’t abandon sickly run game, Carroll says

Seattle has the NFL’s 32nd-ranked rushing offense.

No. 17 Gonzaga beats Utah State 79-66

Killian Tilllie scores 20 points and King’s alum Corey Kispert adds 12 in the victory.

Most Read