BY Art Thiel 04:34PM 11/25/2013

Winfield ‘a possibility’ to fill in for Thurmond

Antoine Winfield, the longtime veteran cut at the end of training camp because he was beaten out at cornerback by younger Walter Thurmond, “is a possibility” to fill at cornerback, coach Pete Carroll said Monday, while the Seahawks wait for Thurmond to return from a pending four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

“He’s a really good football player,” Carroll said on his weekly radio show on ESPN 710. “He’s a great kid, really a quality kid, and knows his way around.”

Winfield is also 36 and hasn’t been on an NFL roster since the Seahawks cut him. He indicated at the time that he was planning to retire. In 2012 with the Vikings, his 14th pro season, the 5-foot-9 Winfield started 15 games and had 71 tackles, 12 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Carroll also has a couple of in-house options with far less NFL experience. Rookie fourth-round draft pick Tharald Simon returns to practice this week after being out since spring after developing a stress fracture in a foot. And DeShawn Shead, a free agent signee in 2012 out of Portland State., is on the practice squad.

“This will be the first time Simon will practice with us in forever,” Carroll said. “It’s important to see him. We have no information. But he’s a big, tall, good-looking guy. Shead is very close to making it onto the active roster. We trust him.”

The help-wanted sign is out because the Seahawks, already missing Brandon Browner to injury, are down to three cornerbacks going into Monday night’s home game against the New Orleans Saints’ pass-happy offense.

Carroll couldn’t comment on Thurmond’s suspension because the NFL has not announced it, although news leaked Sunday to the league’s media arm,  Thurmond was reported to have dropped his appeal of the suspension for using non-PED drugs, meaning he could begin serving his time Sunday and be back before the playoffs begin.

The league’s policy for street drugs such as marijuana is to put first-time violators into its rehab program without a suspension. A second violation, however, usually brings about a suspension. So Thurmond was already under a warning from the NFL.

Thurmond, a fourth-year pro from Oregon, was well regarded as a nickel back. The dropoff in skills from Browner to Thurmond was not considered large. In the Seahawks’ most recent game against Minnesota, he returned an interception for a touchdown.

When news broke Sunday, Thurmond took to Twitter to apologize. But by Monday, he was firing back to followers who were critical of his judgment:




  • Matt712

    Monday night: the Saints vs the Sinners!

    …..Scary tweet from WT. Seems defiant. Doesn’t seem to be be grasping the whole accountability thing.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    it’s legal in Seattle and Colorado!!! 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!!!! Sue Their A$$e$!!!


  • jafabian

    Thurmond shouldn’t have sent out that Tweet. It just makes him look worse. There’s no way he can say he’s in the right on this. If he’s getting a four game suspension he’s been warned in the past. He couldn’t have waited until the offseason?

    I’d like to see the team pick up Winfield. To me he seems like the best option.

  • 1coolguy

    Regardless of what thurmond or browner say they have selfishly burned their team and their teammates should be off the charts upset
    Its all about winning and they put self over team. I say dump the chumps and move on