Walter Thurmond's Status Is in Doubt for Sunday and More NFC West News

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Walter Thurmond's Status Is in Doubt for Sunday and More NFC West News
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After being tagged as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, cornerback Walter Thurmond sat out of Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury like fellow cornerback Marcus Trufant. The injury would prove to be a big blow to an already banged up secondary that missed two of its three starting corners in Week 14.

In a 58-0 blowout win over the Cardinals last week, Thurmond stepped up and played the most snaps out of any Seahawks defender with 61. Yet it is unlikely that another blowout will ensue on the road at a neutral site, so a little more help will be needed from Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell. 

Based on snaps taken at right cornerback, it appears as if Maxwell will be the first man in line to start. Lane would then naturally man the slot. According to the analysts at Pro Football Focus, both Maxwell and Lane received positive grades in coverage.

A position that was once stacked early on in the season has now taken a hit due to suspension and injury. If Seattle wants to win the NFC West they need to take care of business regardless of the circumstances surrounding the team. As the seventh-youngest team in the league, the Seahawks are no strangers to young players stepping up and contributing immediately.

Carroll stresses the word "compete"—will the 'Hawks compete despite being thin on the back end of their defense?

 

Arizona Cardinals

Justin Rogers of MLive.com reports on Patrick Peterson being excited to prove himself against Calvin Johnson.

Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report breaks down three keys to beating the Lions on Sunday.


San Francisco 49ers

Cam Inman of the MercuryNews.com examines both Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick as respected counterparts.

Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report looks at five key defensive matchups for the 49ers.


Seattle Seahawks

Eric D. Williams of TheNewsTribune.com says the Seahawks' desire for speed helps outside linebacker Malcolm Smith.

Alexander Diegel of Bleacher Report wants you to meet Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

 

St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells us why Steven Jackson's last home game could be Sunday against the Vikings.

Matthew Melton of Bleacher Report gives us his five keys to ensure a Rams victory over the Vikings.

 

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