What we Know
In the 6-3 nail-biting loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday the Seattle Seahawks pass defense suffered, yet another setback, with CB Walter Thurmond breaking his leg, which means he is done for the season. (See Newsflash, bottom of this article)
The injury happened when Thurmond was defending a deep pass late in the 2nd quarter. His loss will hurt, as he was already taking over for Marcus Trufant, who is on IR with a season ending back injury.
With both of these secondary players out there will be a lot of pressure on rookie 5th round draft pick Richard Sherman from Stanford.
I for one am seriously starting to question the durability of Walter Thurmond. This is his 2nd season ending injury (possibly) in three years.
At least the team can activate CB Roy Lewis off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list before its next game, which is against Cincinnati nest week. He’ll bring some experience to the game, most likely playing in the nickel DB role.
Seattle already had issues in the secondary and their pass defense ranks 20th in the league. They did play decent holding the Browns to only 157 passing yards and they came up with an INT, but Cleveland is not a team that has a great, or even good, passing attack.
The Seahawks are now at 2-4 and with even more issues in the secondary, the offense may have to come alive to pick up the slack of the depleted Pass D and this is especially the case when they face the solid passing offenses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Chicago later this season.
With Thurmond out and a sketchy secondary that keeps losing bodies the Seahawks will have to play like they did in the win over the Giants on October 9th, as even though they gave up a ton of passing yards, which is likely to happen more this season, they came up with 3 turnovers and racked up 279 passing yards and 145 rushing yards.
Seattle will possibly have to gamble a bit more rushing the QB with more blitzes to possibly cause turnovers. On the season they have only have 13 sacks and 6 INT’s.
NEWSFLASH: Just before going to press with this article HC Pete Carroll appeared on Brock & Salk on ESPN radio in Seattle and stated,
“Its a fracture, but it could also have some high ankle sprain issues, and that Walter could come back in 4-5 weeks, he’ll have an MRI today, so we’ll know more later today.
He also added that “Walter been a real active player, and we’ll miss him.”
I’m not sure if we’re getting the whole story here from Pete, so as usual we’ll have to wait a while longer before we know if Thurmond lands on the IR.