Instead, the Seahawks are adding to the list of player
suspensions they've faced since Carroll took over in 2010.
"We're still trying to work through it. I'll say it again, I've
always found myself looking for guys that maybe other people
don't see something special in and we take a chance on a guy
here or there that needs some extra consideration and care,"
Carroll said. "And sometimes guys they have issues and things
pop up but I've always been kind of hopeful and make guys find
the best in them and bring it out. Sometimes it works out and
sometimes it doesn't. We'll certainly hang with our guys and
take care of them."
Starting cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended
Tuesday by the NFL for the team's next four games for violating
the league's substance abuse policy, leaving the Seahawks
short-handed going into Monday's matchup against New Orleans.
Thurmond will be eligible to return to the active roster on
Monday, Dec. 23, before the final game of the regular season,
but his absence leaves a hole in a secondary that was previously
missing starting cornerback Brandon Browner because of a groin
Thurmond's suspension was first reported by NFL.com over the
weekend. Thurmond took to Twitter and apologized on Sunday,
writing, "Yes I made a mistake and I have to live with the
consequences. I'm disappointed in myself for letting my
teammates and family down."
Thurmond's is the sixth Seattle player officially suspended
for substance-abuse or performance-enhancing drugs violations by
the league since 2011. That doesn't include Richard Sherman,
whose suspension was overturned on appeal late last season.
"I don't know that we can expect to be perfect. We would like
to be, but that isn't the case," Carroll said. "It's a big
challenge for these guys to do right and we want them to do it
and carry through and be there when we need them and count on
them. It doesn't always work that way. It presents opportunities
for other guys. We've always championed that and our guys have
always come through and they'll do that again in this instance."
Thurmond has started three games this season for Seattle,
including the team's last game against Minnesota when he had his
first interception of the season and returned it 29 yards for a
touchdown. Even when he wasn't starting, Thurmond was a critical
member of one of the NFL's best secondary units as the fifth
defensive back in passing situations.
Thurmond beat out veteran Antoine Winfield, whom Seattle
signed in the offseason, for the nickel cornerback spot during
training camp. He had struggled with injuries throughout his
career but was finally healthy and playing well ahead of an
offseason where he will be a free agent.