by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks activated CB Walter Thurmond from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.
Thurmond broke his left leg in a loss at Cleveland last October. He then broke it again during the rehab process requiring him to undergo a second surgery.
Thurmond returned to practice two weeks ago as he was unable to participate during the first six weeks of the season. The Seahawks had until Monday to make a decision on Thurmond.
Thurmond will likely factor in right away as a potential upgrade as a nickel cornerback in passing situations.
Seattle released WR Charly Martin on Tuesday to clear space on the roster to be able to activate Thurmond. WR Lavasier Tuinei was also released from the practice squad. Martin was re-signed in Tuinei's place on the practice squad which left a spot available on the 53-man roster for Thurmond.
"We’re going to find out how far he’s come along," head coach Pete Carroll said of Thurmond last week. "Like I said, he’s a tremendous athlete that has come to us in the middle of the season, so we have to just wait and see. I don’t know when, but I’m looking at it daily."
For the rest of the Seahawks, they may be wishing their bye was a week earlier.
Instead, they've got one more game, against the New York Jets, before getting a chance to rest and heal up.
The Seahawks held seven players out of practice on Wednesday and listed 11 total players on Wednesday's injury report. Seattle has been fairly healthy throughout the season with just a few injuries that have kept players out of games.
Yet it seems the injury bug has finally caught up to Seattle.
LB K.J. Wright and G James Carpenter both did not practice Wednesday due to concussions sustained last week. Carroll said they would undergo tests Wednesday and, if cleared, return to practice Thursday.
We’ll have to wait and see. Neither one of those guys will work today," Carroll said. "They’ll take the test again today and we’ll hope to get those guys out tomorrow if they can. It all depends on how they do."
If Carpenter is ruled out this week, G John Moffitt will take his place at left guard. Carroll said Moffitt played well against the Minnesota Vikings last week and has extensive experience on the left side of the line dating back to college.
WR Braylon Edwards is expected to be a full participant in practice on Thursday and has a good chance to play this week against his former team.
"He was active in the walkthrough today so it looks like he has a great chance to make it back," Carroll said.
DT Jason Jones is also expected to practice Thursday and have a chance to play Sunday. Carroll said they are planning on both Edwards and Jones playing unless they have a setback.
RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist), DE Red Bryant (foot), DT Clinton McDonald (groin) and S Kam Chancellor (quadriceps) also sat out practice Wednesday.
New York Jets
Did Not Participate
DT Kendrick Ellis (knee)
RB Joe McKnight (ankle)
LB Bart Scott (toe)
G Brandon Moore (hip)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
S Eric Smith (knee)
RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)
TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist)
DT Sione Pouha (lower back)
S LaRon Landry (heel)
QB Mark Sanchez (lower back)
G Matt Slauson (knee)
LB Calvin Pace (shin)
DE Mike DeVito (finger)
WR Clyde Gates (shoulder)
Did Not Participate
G James Carpenter (concussion)
WR Braylon Edwards (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist)
DE Red Bryant (foot)
LB K.J. Wright (concussion)
DT Clinton McDonald (groin)
S Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)
DT Jason Jones (ankle)
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
G John Moffitt (knee)
C Max Unger (finger)