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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond is done for the season after sustaining a cracked fibula and a high ankle sprain during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. According to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 980 KJR, the Seahawks have added cornerback Ron Parker.
During the second quarter of Sunday's game, Thurmond ran into Seattle's Earl Thomas and Browns wide receiver Greg Little as the two Seahawks rushed over on a pass play. Thurmond had to leave the game and was replaced by cornerback Richard Sherman, who figures to take Thurmond's spot in his absence.
Parker is a rookie who spent time with the Seahawks during training camp before getting cut. He spent three games with the Oakland Raiders but didn't get receive any playing time. That could change with the Seahawks, who have a depleted secondary and will need players to step up.
The Seahawks take another blow at cornerback with this injury. Thurmond, a second-year player out of Oregon, was already filling in for nine-year veteran Marcus Trufant. Trufant sustained an injury to his back earlier in the season and has been placed on the IR.
Thurmond's replacement on the field, Sherman, is a rookie out of Stanford and will get his first real chance in the NFL in the coming weeks. The Seahawks will need solid production out of the rest of their cornerbacks as the season progresses in order to compensate for Thurmond's loss.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a history of various injuries throughout his tenure in the NFL and a back injury in warmups kept him out of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The team certainly could have used him, seeing as they recorded just three points and 137 total yards.
The latest injury report comes from Roto World:
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed that the back injury that sidelined Marshawn Lynch for Sunday's game has been an ongoing issue.
It wasn't on the injury report, but probably should have been. "He's had a little something ongoing with his back since he arrived with us, but today it came up right before game time," said Carroll. "Through the warmup process, his back spasmed up on him and he couldn't get loose."
It will be interesting to see if Lynch's back issues continue to keep him off the field throughout the season. His status for week eight against the Cincinnati Bengals is not known, though he will likely play if the issue truly was just back spams. Those are typically an infrequent occurrence and proper warming up and stretching is usually enough to avoid them on game day.
For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.
I have some good news and some bad news for Seattle Seahawks fans. The bad news: that was the worst game in recent NFL history and the 'Hawks were on the losing side of a 6-3 matchup. The good news: 98-percent of the country did not see the game and will likely miss the 15-second "highlight" reel when it airs on SportsCenter.
The Seahawks recorded nine first downs against the Browns and had just 137 total yards on the day. Tavaris Jackson did not play and his backup, Charlie Whitehurst, completed just 12 of his 30 passes for 97 yards and an interception. Colt McCoy was not much better for Cleveland, throwing for 178 yards and an interception while completing 20 of his 35 passes.
Montario Hardesty had a solid day on the ground filling in for the injured Peyton Hills, rushing for 95 yards on an astounding 33 carries. He'll sleep well the next few nights. Seattle had just 65 yards on the ground, with Leon Washington recording 39 of them on seven carries.
The place-kickers were the primary offensive contributors for both teams. Phil Brown hit a 52-yard field yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Steven Hauschka made a 20-yard field goal to tie the game in the third quarter. It was Brown and the Browns who would get the last crack at winning the game, and he came through with the eventual game-winning kick with 11:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Never, ever play this game again. There were high school games played over the weekend that were more entertaining than this one.
For more on this game, check out Field Gulls for a Seahawks perspective.
Walter Thurmond was expected to be the main replacement for Trufant at one of the cornerback spots after the Seahawks put Trufant on IR, and he was expected to grow into that position as the season wore on. That experiment ended up lasting one game, as Thurmond collided with Earl Thomas near the end of the second quarter and had to leave the game. Dave Mahler of KJR 950 AM Sports Radio reported the bad news later, as head coach Pete Caroll revealed that Thurmond had cracked his fibula, ending his season.
With Thurmond out, rookie Richard Sherman (out of Stanford) will take his place. The Seahawks are going to have a lot of problems containing the outside deep threats at this point.
To discuss the Thurmond injury with Seahawks fans, Field Gulls is where you want to go.
The Seattle Seahawks will not be putting this one in the NFL Films archives.They lost to the Cleveland Browns in a contest that we will never ever forget, because I think anyone who watched this one has already been heavily medicated and can't even recall what they were watching the past three hours.
Charlie Whitehurst completed 12 of 30 for 97 yards and was picked off once; the Seattle rush attack sans Marshawn Lynch only put up 65 yards on the ground. Seattle only converted 2 of 12 third downs and had to punt the ball seven times. They crossed midfield only twice, once on their lone scoring drive, and fumbling just after they passed the 50 yard line the other time.
In some ways, the Cleveland Browns were even worse in teasing the Seahawks. Cleveland amassed 298 yards to Seattle's 137, had 20 first downs to 8, and had the ball for 43 minutes, and came out of it with only six points.
After almost three full quarters without scoring a single point the Seattle Seahawks finally got on the board towards the end of the third quarter after a nine play, 60 yard drive ended with a 20 yard Steven Hauschka field goal tying the Cleveland Browns at 3 apiece heading into the fourth quarter.
Charlie Whitehurst continues to struggle, completing only 9 of his 21 passes so far for 88 yards, including an interceptions and a fumble as well. Sidney Rice caught a key pass on the Seahawks scoring drive, and is leading the team with 38 yards on two catches.
Leon Washington returned a punt for a touchdown in the middle of the third, but was called back on a penalty and lead to another punt for Seatlle. Washington leads the team with 38 yards on seven carries as well.
As for the Browns, Colt McCoy is 15 for 28 for 136 yards including an interception, while Montario Hardesty leads Cleveland on the ground with 60 yards on 23 carries.
Looks like it might come down to the wire in Cleveland, let’s hope the Seahawks can pull this one out somehow.
In a game that has seen nine punts already in the first half alone, the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns are struggling mightily to get points on the board. A 52 yard Phil Dawson field goal is the only score of the game thus far as the Browns take a 3-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
Charlie Whitehurst has been less than spectacular so far for the 'Hawks, completing only six of his 14 passes in the first half for only 22 yards, including two fumbles (one lost), no touchdowns and no interceptions. That's 1.6 yards per pass if you're wondering, which is just a shade lower than Justin Forsett's 3.3 yards per carry average thus far, leading the team with 23 rushing yards on seven carries. As a whole the Seahawks have 62 yards of offense on 29 plays, 5 total first downs, is 2 for 8 on third down conversions, and had only 11 minutes of possession.
The Browns aren't faring much better though, running ten more plays than Seattle for 130 total yards. Colt McCoy is 9/18 for 69 yards so far, while Montario Hardesty is leading the way on the ground with 43 yards on 15 carries in the first half.
Hopefully some semblance of offensive continuity comes in the second half, because the first was just flat out ugly.
It was a war of attrition to say the least in the first quarter between the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns, leading to a total of three first downs apiece in the first fifteen minutes and no score on the board at Browns Stadium.
Charlie Whitehurst lead the charge, going 4/7 for 25 yards in the first quarter, though he recorded a fumble that the Seahawks would eventually recover. Justin Forsett and Leon Washington have hit the ground running, with Forsett racking up 13 yards on three carries and Washington 11 yards on two carries. Mike Williams leads the team in receptions with one for ten yards.
As for the Browns, Colt McCoy finished the first quarter 2/6 for 16 yards, while Peyton Hillis' backup Montario Hardesty is gaining some ground in the running game, carrying the ball seven times for 31 yards.
Hopefully the offense can get something going before heading into the locker room for halftime.
Already coming into this game questionable with an ankle injury Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was scratched from their meeting with the Cleveland Browns after apparently injuring his back during warmups at Browns Stadium.
This is a big hit to an already struggling Seattle offense who will now have to go without starting quarterback Tavaris Jackson and all-pro tight end Heath Miller as well as Lynch, taking away a number a viable offensive options for Pete Carroll’s disposal.
Lynch came into the game with a two-game scoring streak, though his two punch-in touchdowns against the Giants and Falcons are his only TD’s of the season thus far. His carries have fluctuated week to week, but has been playing with this ankle injury for the majority of the season, undoubtedly slowing him down even if he won’t admit it. His game this year was Seattle’s win in New York over the Giants running for 98 yards on 12 carries including a touchdown.
As the Seattle Seahawks get ready to make some noise against the Cleveland Browns they'll have to do so with the help of their backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who is getting his first start of the season at Browns stadium this Sunday.
Eric Williams of The News Tribune had this to say about Tavaris Jackson:
Tarvaris Jackson looked good warming up before the game this morning, throwing 30-yard frozen ropes while offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell looked on. Afterwards, he had a short conversation with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider...The verdict? Jackson is on the inactive list and Charlie Whitehurst will get his first start of the season.
Unfortunately this won't be the only significant injury for the 'Hawks as center Max Unger and tight end Zach Miller will each be out as well, being replaced by Lemuel Jeanpierre and Anthony McCoy in the starting lineup at their respective positions. Wide receiver Kris Durham, cornerback Byron Maxwell, offensive tackle Jarriel King, and defensive tackle Al Woods make up the rest of the inactives for Seattle.
As for the Browns, cornerback Joe Hadden is listed as active and will start this Sunday, though running back Peyton Hillis' hamstring just didn't heal up enough to be ready to go for Cleveland. Montario Hardesty will start in his place. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive back Eric Hagg, linebacker Scott Fujita, and offensive linemen Steve Vallos and Artis Hicks make up the rest of the inactives for Cleveland.
Mike Williams is only dangerous if you throw the ball his way.
Mike Holmgren is trying to build a contender in Cleveland.
The Seahawks will look a little different as they take the field on Sunday, with starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and center Max Unger listed as doubtful and starting tight end Zach Miller listed as out. This means that in all liklihood, backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will be taking snaps from C Lemuel Jeanpierre, and TE Anthony McCoy should see a lot of snaps in Miller's stead.
The Charlie Whitehurst option was pretty much expected this week after Tarvaris Jackson suffered a strained pectoral in the 3rd quarter against the Giants in Week Five, but the news that Miller and Unger will probably sit comes as a bit of a punch to the gut for Seahawks' fans. With both of those players out, it's likely that pass protection and the run game will suffer - two aspects of offense that have finally started clicking for this young team.
The Seahawks may have to make some roster moves now that Zach Miller has been listed as out. They have one healthy tight end in Anthony McCoy on the current roster, so it's likely that they'll either sign PUP TE Cameron Morrah to the active squad or lean on Practice Squad TE John Nalbone until Miller and Morrah are back to full health.
If neither move is made, it should make for an interesting game, as the Seahawks will have to adjust by using four and five wide receiver sets instead of their two or three tight end sets.
Check out more Seahawks analysis and discussion over at FieldGulls.
Week 7 is upon us, place your bets!
The Seattle Seahawks face the Cleveland Browns this weekend, and the team may be without a few key offensive pieces for Sunday's road game. The Seahawks missed a total of three players in one capacity or another on Wednesday.
Tight end Zach Miller (ankle/head) and center Max Unger (foot) did not practice. Miller suffered a concussion during the team's last game against the New York Giants before the bye week and is still recovering. It is unlikely that he will return for Sunday's game.
Meanwhile, starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) was limited on Wednesday. Jackson suffered a severe hit during the Giants game and his status for this week's game is still unclear. Head coach Pete Carroll stated earlier this week that Jackson may be able to play on Sunday, but he will need to show significant improvement over the next few days before anything can be known definitively.
Seahawks guard Robert Gallery (groin), running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Mike Williams (concussion) all practiced fully on Wednesday. Seattle, with the possible exceptions of Jackson and Miller, should be generally healthy for Sunday's game against the Browns.
The Seattle Seahawks have an injured starting quarterback in Tarvaris Jackson who will probably need time to recover. So it's time to turn to the backup Charlie Whitehurst, who is the guy Seattle expects to lead them to victory this Sunday. Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Whitehurst will be getting the majority of snaps in practice. Jackson can practice but isn't getting any significant reps as of yet.
The Browns would seem to be the perfect team for Whitehurst to get his feet wet against, as they are mediocre both offensively and defensively. But Cleveland does have the luxury of time to gameplan against the Seahawks quarterback. The Browns could give Whitehurst some problems now that they have a full week to gameplan for him. The Giants had no such luxury and got torched at every turn.
The Seattle Seahawks registered an upset win the last time they were on the road--in fact, it was their last game before their bye week, beating the New York Giants 36-25. Seattle now returns back to the eastern side of the country to take on the Cleveland Browns, and they will probably be faced with an easier game. Easier game means easier shot at victory right?
The bookmakers at Vegas think so. Seattle is a field goal underdog (2.5 points in some books), meaning they think the Seahawks are about on even terms in the eyes of the public with the Browns. Cleveland has had their share of struggles this season along with Seattle--both teams seem destined for mediocrity and it'd be hard to tell them apart on the football field. Don't expect an inspiring contest next Sunday, and you'd better have a good read on either team before picking on one of them, because they both look pretty much the same.
The Seattle Seahawks return from their bye week, coming off of a big 36-25 road win over the New York Giants in Week Five, to take on the Cleveland Browns on the road this Sunday. The Seahawks hope that tight end Zach Miller and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will be in good physical shape by then.
According to the Everett Herald's John Boyle, Jackson might be available to play on Sunday. The news comes from head coach Pete Carroll, who stated that Jackson is recovering very rapidly from a high-grade strain of his right pectoral muscle. Carroll stated that his signal-caller "has a chance" to be back by Sunday.
Jackson suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Giants game and was replaced by backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst responded admirably, throwing for 149 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-29 passing. He led the Seahawks down the field and gave them a 29-25 edge with 2:37 left in the game that Seattle would not relinquish. If Jackson can't go on Sunday, Whitehurst will get the nod as the starting quarterback.
Carroll also stated that he expects tight end Zach Miller to be back at practice on Wednesday. Miller suffered a concussion during the Giants game after a hit by Giants safety Kenny Phillips, who received a $20,000 fine from the NFL.
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