The Seattle Seahawks may bring back veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield to shore up a depleted secondary after the news that Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL.
Coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle Monday that the move toward Winfield was a possibility.
Thurmond is reportedly facing the suspension for violating the league’s non-PED (performance enhancing drug) substance policy. He’s expected to start serving the suspension immediately, meaning he won’t be available for next week’s Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints.
(Programming note: The Dec. 2 Seahawks-Saints game will air live on KONG 6/16. Pre-game begins at 5 p.m. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by a live edition of the 5th Quarter.)
The Saints have the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense. They are one game behind Seattle for home-field advantage in the NFC with five games to play.
Thurmond was starting in place of Brandon Browner who is recovering from a groin injury that could sideline him for several weeks.
Winfield, who played most of his career in Minnesota, was signed as a free agent in the offseason by Seattle, but was let go before the regular season began.
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The two remaining backup cornerbacks on Seattle’s active roster are Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane. Other options are second-year man DeShawn Shead, who is on the practice squad, and rookie Tharold Simon, who is listed on the reserve / physically unable to perform list.
Under league rules, Carroll cannot comment on Thurmond’s case.