BY SPNW Staff 01:25PM 11/26/2013

Thurmond suspension official; new CB signed

As the NFL officially announced Tuesday afternoon Walter Thurmond’s four-game suspension for substance abuse, the Seahawks signed former 49ers CB Perrish Cox, who worked out with the team Monday and passed a physical exam Tuesday, the Seahawks’ first full practice day after a bye week.

Walter Thurmond - Seattle Seahawks - 2010 HSThe Seahawks were also expected to put CB Brandon Browner on injured reserve with a groin muscle torn in the Atlanta game. That rules him out for the rest of regular season. The NFL is expected to announce a one-year suspension for Browner later this week for multiple violations of the NFL’s policy on substance. That almost certainly ends the Seattle career of Browner, 29, who was scheduled to be a free agent after the season.

Adding Cox, 26, gives Seattle a fourth cornerback for the Monday night game against New Orleans at the Clink. The club also worked out former Seahawk Marcus Trufant Monday, and has been talking to Antoine Winfield, who was cut after training camp when he was beaten out by Thurmond. They also could promote DeShawn Shead from the practice squad. A club can add a players to the roster while others are suspended.

Cox, a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 by the Denver Broncos out of Oklahoma State, has 40 career NFL starts, including nine for the 49ers this season.

Thurmond will be eligible to return for the Seahawks’ final regular-season game against St. Louis, plus the postseason.



  • Scott LeMire

    I guess Antoine Winfield didn’t keep himself in football shape?

    • jafabian

      The team could easily sign him. Cox essentially replaces Thurmond. The team needs someone now to repalce Browner.

      Very frustrating as a fan. BB is a beast on the field. The Legion reminds me of the secondary in 1984 when names like Brown, Easley, Harris, Jackson, Justin and Simpson were terrorizing the AFC. Sad to see the team be down a couple players this way when they’re well on their way to a memorable season. If instead this becomes a season of disappointment everyone will look back at this point.

      • Gary S

        Shead and Cox replace Thurmond and Browner. Thankfully no Trufant or Winfield. They’re both past their prime and would be more of a liability than anything else.

        • Oldfan

          Agreed. There’s a reason Trufant and Winfield have been unemployed the whole season.