Posted November 24, 2013

Report: Seahawks’ CB Walter Thurmond facing a 4-game suspension

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks' secondary has been embroiled in controversy before, and now Walter Thurmond is facing a suspension.

Walter Thurmond is not the first member of the current Seahawks to face a suspension. (MSA/ Icon SMI)

Update (12:30 p.m. ET): Thurmond tested positive for marijuana, according to Dave Mahler of KJR radio in Seattle.

The Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary may look a lot less intimidating for the next month or so. Already that group is without an injured Brandon Browner, and now fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Gameday Morning Sunday.

According to Rapoport, Thurmond has appealed that penalty (which is not PED-related), but he will drop that appeal early this week. The Seahawks are on their bye in Week 12.

After that, though, the schedule cranks up, starting with a Week 13 Monday night showdown against the Saints. New Orleans (9-2) currently stands as the biggest obstacle between Seattle (10-1) and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks hold a 3.5-game lead in the NFC West; they travel to San Francisco in Week 14.

Thurmond’s impending suspension is just the latest in a long line of hits the team has taken under the league’s substance-abuse policy. Bruce Irvin sat out the first four games on 2013, while Browner and Richard Sherman each was hit with a four-game suspension in 2012 on account of Adderall use (Sherman’s punishment was overturned on appeal). Offensive lineman Allen Barbre and CB Winston Guy also had to deal with four-game bans last season, while ex-Seahawk lineman John Moffitt missed a quarter of the 2011 campaign.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said back during training camp that he’s “definitely noticed” the recent string of problems for the Seahawks.

“It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. “You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, ever since I was a little kid.

We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. Because if you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to (former Michigan coach) Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.”

Seattle’s depth in the defensive backfield certainly will be tested by the latest misstep. Thurmond’s role figured to increase with Browner shelved, but the extra responsibilities now will fall to Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell. That duo has combined to play 213 snaps this season, per Pro Football Focus, less than half of the 462 snaps Browner and Thurmond have seen.

23 comments
RamKumar
RamKumar

Marijuana and weeds are greater influence in players than inspirational speeches of any big heads. Fans try to lower the talks of drug related charges on their favorite players.

matt37
matt37

It's a good thing they're getting Browner back soo.....err....oops.

coalminds
coalminds

Look at all the Seahawks fans pinning the hopes of their entire sports existence on this team full of crackheads and roiders.

StevenWaters
StevenWaters

Seahawks played like this the end of last year when they played four games with Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane and the Seahawks won those games by a considerable amount including the big win against the 49ers. So I think they will be fine. It will be great to get both Browner and Thurmond back before the playoffs when we need them the most.

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!


it's legal in Seattle!!! lol, time for the NFL to have their business licenses suspended in the 2 legal states and 20 something other medically legal states until they enact a policy change.....STATES RIGHTS!!!!

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

Arthur7
Arthur7

"“It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. “You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, ever since I was a little kid."

Says the coach of Aldon Smith, who has two DUIs. How do you begin to compare smoking some marijuana to driving under the influence?

You still mad bro?

burtonsgarage
burtonsgarage

Another example of a biased article on the Seahawks. Not condoning drug use, but marijuana is legal in Washington. The only "PED's" the Seahawks have been caught "cheating" with is adderol, which is a popular drug used by students to increase concentration, also not an illegal substance. You sheep will try and twist anything to make it sound how you want. And give you sad excuses to make it less about how shitty your team actually is, and more about why the hawks are so damn good.

GOOGLE ......Mae Brussel
GOOGLE ......Mae Brussel

The whole city of Seattle is laughing at all you ignorant fools - - -  all the way to the Super Bowl.

Zeshan
Zeshan

I love how those haters harping on cheating seem to also demonstrate functional illiteracy - Thurmond is *not* facing a PED-related suspension. RTF article first. 

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

I love how Seattle fans try to minimize the various drug offenses that players on their beloved team have faced since Pistol Pete came to town.  The FACT is, Pete ran a dirty program in the NCAA (and he left just when the crapola was about to hit the fan) and now he runs the same type of nonsense in the NFL.  And explaining away Sherman's positive test by blaming the testing process is laughable.  While Ryan Braun used the same excuse in MLB, he was later proven to be a drug cheat, and it says here that I predict Sherman will be proven to be the same.  And if you believe that all your players are merely taking Adderall, then you don't have a clue.  The NFL can't release information about a failed test, to the players simply hide behind something that appears to be a necessity for their supposed ADHD.  Sure thing.  Seattle has a dirty team, and for the record, I'm not even a 49ers fan.  Just a realist who can be objective.


Toodles.  Cheaters.

MatthewMinor
MatthewMinor

He was probably smoking weed (which is legal in Washington State). Gotta love this lazily written article. 2 paragraphs of "breaking news" then four larger paragraphs recycled from any number of articles about the Seahawks. A few things to point out1. John Moffitt had a prescription for adderall, his doctor just didn't file the necessary paperwork to inform the league. 2. Allen Barbe and Winston Guy never played a regular season snap for the Seahawks. 3. Richard Sherman won his Apoeal. Since I'm pretty sure you (Mr. Writer) live in America, you are familiar with the concept of due process. Sherman raised valid concerns as to the methods used in testing his sample. He won his appeal because he raised valid points and doubts as to the validity of the test considering the lapses in protocol committed while his specimen was being transported to the lab then stored in the LAN. 4. Browner got busted. That's hardly need. There are many other teams who have had players suspended for using PEDs. 5. Citing Harbaugh was a cheap and easy journalistic tactic to piss off every Sesttle fan. Plus the 49ers have had felony trouble this year (and that homophobic slur before last years Super Bowl). Finally, I must reiterate how sad it is that the majority of your article was regurgitated nonsense.

Arthur7
Arthur7

@KevinDoucette  

Yeah, marijuana is well known for its athletic performance enhancing effects.

What a tool.

SanityClause
SanityClause

@MatthewMinor Gee, you sound a lot like a typical Seattle fan. Spend 95% of your lives with a well-deserved inferiority complex, then get one whiff of success and suddenly the whole world is out to get you. It doesn't matter where pot is legal. If I smoke it, I get fired. If my son smokes it, he gets expelled. If Thurmond smokes it, he gets suspended. It's really pretty simple. And Sherman was guilty and everyone knows it - just got off on a technicality. 

You and your beloved coach can try to whitewash it all you want - a pattern is a pattern, and the Seahawks have one.


matt37
matt37

@Shalaka @SanityClause @MatthewMinor SanityClause might be a 49er fan, he might be a Buffalo Bills fan-I wouldn't know.  But my grandma could have stated what he did-it wouldn't make it any less true.