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Friday in Hawkville: Byron Maxwell earns another start in regular-season finale

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Walter Thurmond has returned from his league-imposed four-game suspension, but Byron Maxwell will continue to start at right cornerback against the Rams because of the way he played in Thurmond’s absence.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 27, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday’s regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: STATEMENT

As in making one, and that’s what Byron Maxwell has done the past four games while starting at right cornerback for the Seahawks.

And that is why Maxwell will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Rams even with Walter Thurmond expected to be added to the 53-man roster after returning this week from his league-imposed four-game suspension.

“Byron has played great football for us,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “And I think he’s on kind of a rhythm that we want to take out there in a game like this. There’s no reason to put Walter into that situation after just one week of practice. But Walter is ready to play. If he’s active, he’ll be out there and helping us out.”

Maxwell’s four starts are the first of his career, and the third-year corner has responded with three interceptions, nine passes defensed and 10 tackles.

“It’s really a statement about what Byron Maxwell has done and the way he’s played,” Carroll said. “So we’re thrilled to put him out there again.”

INJURY REPORT: JERMAINE KEARSE WILL BE GAME-DAY DECISION

The end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: A VERY SPECIAL EFFORT

The most-startling statistic of all the impressive things the Seahawks’ No. 5-ranked special teams have done this season is the 25 yards punter Jon Ryan and the coverage units have allowed on 68 punts. The Rams are second with 81. The Seahawks’ total is currently second all-time, and tops for a 16-game season:

Team, year (games) Yards
Packers, 1967 (14) 22
Seahawks, 2013 (15)  25
Bills, 1982 (9) 30
Redskins, 1962 (14) 34
Redskins, 1972 (14)  39
Chargers, 1971 (14)  40
Cowboys, 1972 (14) 41
49ers, 1971 (14)  44
Colts, 1960 (12) 48
Falcons, 2008 (16) 49

Out
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
LB K.J. Wright (foot)

Questionable
WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle)

Probable
DE Red Bryant (knee)
RB Derrick Coleman (shoulder)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
OT Russell Okung (toe)
CB Richard Sherman (hip)
LB Malcolm Smith (ankle)
OG J.R. Sweezy (concussion)
FS Earl Thomas (thigh)

Kearse sat out practice again, but Carroll said the status for the big-play wide receiver will be a game-day decision. Kearse was scheduled to run after practice to test the ankle he injured in last week’s loss to the Cardinals. “We won’t know until game day,” Carroll said. Kearse is fifth on the team with 22 receptions, but his 15.7-yard average leads the club for receivers with more than 10 receptions and he is tied for second in TD catches with four.

Bryant was back after sitting out Tuesday and Thursday and will start against the Rams.

For the Rams:

YOU DON'T SAY

“This has been a season of continued challenges, and this is another one. And it’s a great one for us. We’re looking forward to it, excited about it. Awesome to be here at CenturyLink (Field) and these guys are cranked and ready to go.”

Coach Pete Carroll after Friday’s final full practice before Sunday’s game against the Rams

Doubtful
RB Daryl Richardson (thigh)

Questionable
WR Tavon Austin (ankle)
S T.J. McDonald (illness)

Probable
DE Chris Long (thigh)

Austin, a rookie who is the Rams’ second-leading receiver and also returns punts, was limited in practice after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He did not play last week. Richardson and McDonald didn’t practice Friday.

UP NEXT: FAN APPRECIATION DAY

The Seahawks will salute the loudest fans in the NFL on Sunday, which will be Fan Appreciate Day at CenturyLink Field. Among the prizes available to the 12th Man are two round-trip tickets anywhere Delta Airlines flies in the U.S. 48; 100 Subway cash cards; 55 Trappers Sushi gift cards; and Sports Authority gift cards for an entire row. Fans and seating sections will be randomly selected.

Also, Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent and original QB Jim Zorn will sign autographs from 11:30-12:30 in Touchdown City.

The players will hold their Saturday walkthrough at VMAC.

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