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Thursday Round-Up: Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely by NFL
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, December 19 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the League's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. Shortly after yesterday's announcement, Browner tweeted a statement thanking the Seahawks organization for the opportunity he's received him the past four years.
With the impressive play of backup cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane, John Boyle of the Everett Herald looks at how the Seahawks have assembled one of the most talented secondaries in all of football.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune details how the 9-5 Arizona Cardinals have improved since the Seahawks beat them 34-22 in Week 7 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com comments on the Seahawks running game, noting the foundation of Seattle's offense seems to have lost a step exactly when you would have expected it to pick up speed.
Mike Ferreri of KOMO 4 News previews Sunday's game against the Cardinals, emphasizing what a win this weekend would mean for the Seahawks, the city, and the 12th Man.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com reminisces about the last time the Seahawks and Cardinals met.
Adam Lewis of SportsPressNW.com recaps the relationship between Arizona head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer, and how the pairing has turned the team's season around by winning six of their past seven.
Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com writes about what Pete Carroll learned during his time as head coach at USC, noting Carroll is coming closer to becoming the first to ever win titles in both college and the NFL.
ESPN's Todd McShay has his first 2014 NFL mock draft with the draft order based off team winning percentages through Week 15. It's an Insider feature, but McShay has the Seahawks picking 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle Antonio Richardson out of Tennessee with the final pick of the first round.
On Richardson, McShay writes, "If FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin or Colorado WR Paul Richardson drops to them, the Seahawks could have an interesting decision to make. Whether they go with a pass-catcher could depend on what they're expecting to get out of Percy Harvin next season. But in this scenario, I have them addressing offensive line, a position that hasn't been performing at a high level for them, in part because of Russell Okung's injury issues. Antonio Richardson is far from a finished product, but he has a chance to be a good starting tackle in the NFL if he can improve his leverage, balance and hand placement. He's got the physical tools; he's a big man with long arms and moves well."
Here at Seahawks.com, I recap and provide video from head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference in which he previewed Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals and provided an update on the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip).
And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farsnworth catches up with running back Marshawn Lynch to learn what has driven him during the club's 12-2 season, recaps Wednesday's events in Hawkville, and puts the focus on corerback Richard Sherman, who was named NFC Defensive Player of Week 15 for his performance against the Giants.