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 KONG6/16. 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.

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