BY Art Thiel 04:43PM 11/13/2017

Seahawks sign Maxwell, expect Thomas to return

CB Byron Maxwell, cut by the Dolphins two weeks ago, signed with the Seahawks Monday to fill in for Richard Sherman. Earl Thomas is likely to return for the Monday night game.

A moment in 2014 when the Legion of Boom was too good for its own good. Byron Maxwell (41), Richard Sherman (25) and Earl Thomas (29) arrived in the end zone at the same time to deny the ball to the Rams’ Chris Givens, as well as themselves. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The emergency signals are flashing at Seahawks headquarters. Responding are FS Earl Thomas and CB Byron Maxwell, 50 percent of the original Legion of Boom, because at the end of the 22-16 win over the Cardinals in Arizona Thursday, the remaining Boom had gone bust.

ESPN and the NFL Network reported that the Seahawks will sign Maxwell, a free agent after he was cut two weeks ago by the Miami Dolphins, to fill the roster spot when CB Richard Sherman goes on injured reserve after rupturing his Achilles tendon. He will undergo surgery and be lost for the season, but is expected to return for 2018.

Coach Pete Carroll reported that Thomas, who sat out Thursday with a strained hamstring, should be healthy enough to play when the Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

“I think he will make it back,” Carroll said on his weekly show on ESPN 710 radio. “He felt like he probably could have played (against Arizona) had he gotten a couple of days of practice. It worked out great. We made it through the game.”

Carroll had praise for fill-in FS Bradley McDougald, who could move to strong safety if Kam Chancellor, who had a neck stinger near the end of the game and was carted off the field, can’t go.

“We don’t know yet,” Carroll said of Chancellor. “We have to make sure that he’s OK. He’s going to get some tests and make sure. This is stuff that is just so critical, we do a really good job and take our time with it.‘’

So Thursday, Thomas didn’t start, and Sherman and Chancellor didn’t finish. The Seahawks are fortunate that the Cardinals QB was backup Drew Stanton and not Carson Palmer, because the outcome likely would have been different.

A sixth-round draft choice out of Clemson, Maxwell, 29, was a Seahawk from 2011-14, and a regular on the team that won the Super Bowl. He left for Philadelphia in free agency and a six-year, $63 million deal. He lasted only a year (14 starts) before the Eagles traded him to the Dolphins. He started 13 games in 2016 and played two games this season before being benched, and also had a sore hamstring.

Maxwell reportedly agreed to a one-year deal at the $900,000 minimum for a seven-year veteran, pro-rated to around $370,000 for the remaining seven games. The Dolphins paid the balance of his $8.5 million salary as termination pay.

Maxwell worked out Monday for the Seahawks after Carroll’s radio show, so no word was available on Maxwell’s readiness to play.

Jeremy Lane, who finished Sherman’s duties Thursday, is likely to start against Atlanta. Rookie Shaquill Griffin will likely stay at the other corner, and Justin Coleman will fill the slot position. Neiko Thorpe is a reserve.

Brown  hurting, Joeckel healing

On another important injury question, Carroll had no update on whether newly acquired LT Duane Brown, who hurt his ankle in the first half, will be available.

“Don’t know,” he said. “You saw it — that was a pretty dangerous situation right there. Hopefully he’ll practice a little bit this week and have a chance.”

More hopeful was word that LG Luke Joeckel, who had arthroscopic knee surgery, is close to returning “maybe in a week, maybe he comes back this week.’’ Rookie Ethan Pocic has been filling in with mediocre results.

Carroll sounded as if another injured cornerback, DeShawn Shead, was further away.

“He’s at a bit of a plateau now that he’s trying to get through and over,’’ Carroll said. “He’s in great shape. He can run forever, but he’s just not quite back yet fully yet where he has all the movement and extension that he needs.”

RB C.J. Prosise, interviewed on KING5’s post-Monday night program, said he has a high sprain of his left ankle, not the right ankle that has kept him out since Sept. 24. High sprains usually take several weeks, meaning the Seahawks likely are down to two healthy running backs, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic.

 


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  • jafabian

    Nice having a former Boomer back. If he’s anywhere close to how he was during his Seahawks days the secondary will be okay. I read that in the past 2 years Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas have played only 14 games together. The more depth the better.

    • Effzee

      Previous LOB’ers have not had much success after chasing the paycheck elsewhere. He’s probably not anywhere close to how he was when with us before, or one of the worst teams in the league (Dolphins) wouldn’t have benched and then released him. This is pure desperation by the Hawks. The roster is being held together with duct tape and chewing gum.

      • coug73

        Duct tape is a wonderful thing. Desperation and duct tape go hand in hand.

        • art thiel

          Teams across the NFL are buying duct tape by the container-ship.

      • jafabian

        In Maxwell’s defense the Hawks made no effort to keep him and the Eagles knowingly overpaid for him. Schneider was committed to retaining the core of the team and Maxwell wasn’t in that group. Is this a desperate move? Of course. They lost Sherman at mid season for the year. But he’s the best option available. Miami didn’t know how to use him and that shouldn’t be surprising. They went and got Jay Cutler out of retirement when better QBs were out there and he’s played like…Jay Cutler. Maxwell plays best on the line of scrimmage which the Dolphins didn’t have him do. That will let Lane play the slot which is his strength. Assuming Shead comes back in a few weeks they’ll be okay.

        • art thiel

          Given what we’ve seen out of Miami this season, the fact that the Dolphins decided he couldn’t play is probably a good sign.

      • art thiel

        True. Maxwell and the rest of the Legion are simply not where they were in 2013-14. Experience makes up for a lot. Not all.

    • art thiel

      The casualty rate in the NFL even got to Joe Thomas after 10 years.

      Depth is hard in the NFL for post-championship teams because the core players get paid well, and after a few middle-class players, it’s lots of guys getting paid at or near minimums.

  • Effzee

    Injuries across the league seem to be on a massive rise. Probably because the training and supplement regiments are increasing muscle capabilities further than joints and tendons can handle. Such changes also probably increase the speed at which players hit each other and the violence of those collisions. Science is going faster than the human body can keep up with.

  • Estip

    Wow, I can’t believe Prosise is injured.

  • Husky73

    Steve Preece remains available and enthusiastic.