Walter Thurmond could see field Sunday with Seahawks

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comDecember 28, 2013 

RENTON — The suits and strut had to be put on the shelf for more than a month.

Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond was suspended four games on Nov. 24 after a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Thurmond was back at practice this week, activated Friday and is expected to play Sunday.

Thurmond wasn’t able to wear his velvety postgame suits or pull out his on-field celebratory strut based on wrestler Ric Flair the past four weeks – although he was with the team the whole time.

Thurmond said he studied to stay sharp mentally before returning to the practice field this week, a transition he said was smooth. The Seahawks received a roster exemption this week — a standard NFL practice — which allowed Thurmond to practice without being placed on the 53-man roster.

Friday, the Seahawks waived cornerback Perrish Cox and activated Thurmond.

That means wide receiver Percy Harvin, who continues to be out after Aug. 1 hip surgery, is yet to be placed on injured reserve.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had intimated earlier in the week the Seahawks were considering placing Harvin on injured reserve. He has played just one game this season.

Thurmond is eligible to be back for the remainder of the season after his four-game suspension as a result of multiple violations that moved him to Stage 2 of the league’s substance-abuse policy. He felt supported by his teammates.

“I didn’t have to explain anything to anybody,” Thurmond said. “Everybody understood the situation. We’re all humans, we all make mistakes. It’s just a great group of guys in here. No one in here was judgmental about the situation. If anything, they were more encouraging than anything.

“Life’s about living and learning from your mistakes. If you’re not learning from your mistakes, you’re just going to keep making more mistakes.”

One benefit for Thurmond of the time off is it allowed him to rest his knees, which had been bothering him.

Thurmond had replaced Brandon Browner, who was injured then suspended for at least a calendar year, in the starting lineup. Byron Maxwell replaced Thurmond when he was suspended. Maxwell has three interceptions over the four games he played in Thurmond’s place and will retain his starting spot.

“(It’s) really a statement about what Byron Maxwell has done and the way he’s played, and we’re thrilled to put him out there again,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

LYNCH DUI CASE ISSUED CONTINUANCE

Marshawn Lynch’s DUI case was scheduled for trial Friday but was pushed to Jan. 3 when the judge allowed a continuance of the case, according to Lynch’s lawyer, Ivan Golde.

Lynch’s court date stems from charges filed against him for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in July 2012.

Lynch, 27, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on July 14, 2012, when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.

After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff Department’s North County Jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a breath test, which came back positive with a blood alcohol content level over the state’s legal limit of .08.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol on July 18, 2012.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Alameda County Superior Court in August 2012.

EXTRA POINTS

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin will return kicks Sunday. He replaced Robert Turbin last week after Turbin fumbled a kickoff. … Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle) is questionable for Sunday, and defensive end Red Bryant (knee) is probable. Bryant was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Kearse did not participate in practice this week. If Kearse can’t play, Ricardo Lockette should see more time.

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