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Thursday in Hawkville: With Brandon Browner still sidelined, Walter Thurmond continues to fill-in

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Brandon Browner was scheduled to practice on Thursday as the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s home opener against the 49ers. He didn’t, so Walter Thurmond continued to work at right cornerback.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 12, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday night’s home opener against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: HAMSTRING

As in Brandon Browner’s left one. The Seahawks’ starting right cornerback was scheduled to practice on Thursday, but he didn’t because of the hamstring injury he got in practice last Wednesday that sidelined him for the season-opening victory over the Panthers in Carolina.

Browner’s status for Sunday night’s home opener remains in question, but the defense is not hamstrung because nickel back Walter Thurmond continued to replace Browner – and was replaced on the right side by Byron Maxwell in the nickel, when Thurmond slid inside to cover the slot receiver. Each played well against the Panthers.

“For us, that was next-man-up and we were pleased with what we saw from those guys,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said after the team practiced in the Indoor Practice Facility. “We have all the confidence in them, so when they went in really there were no different calls. They played in the style and fashion we’re really accustomed to them doing.”

The Seahawks didn’t have Browner for their 42-13 victory over the 49ers at CenturyLink Field last December because he was serving a four-game suspension. Jeremy Lane started that game.

INJURY REPORT

YOU DON'T SAY

“Me.”

Dan Quinn when asked who has the most stress when facing a tight end like the 49ers’ Vernon Davis

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
DT Tony McDaniel (groin)

Limited in practice
NT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Full participation in practice
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring)
OT Michael Bowie (shoulder)
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
WR Sidney Rice (knee/hip)
TE Luke Willson (oblique)

STAT DU JOUR: RUSSELL WILSON CONTINUES HOT HAND

Since Week 9 of last season, Russell Wilson has the highest passer rating in the NFL. The Seahawks’ second-year QB has completed 148 of 216 passes for 1,972 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. Here’s a look at the league leaders during that nine-game span:

Player, team Rating
Russell Wilson, Seahawks  119.6
Peyton Manning, Broncos 109.5
Aaron Rodgers, Packers 107.4
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers 103.5
Drew Brees, Saints 100.6

D’Anthony Smith, who replaced Mebane when he was out on Wednesday, subbed for McDaniel at the three-technique tackle spot on Thursday.

PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: JARED SMITH, MICHAEL BROOKS RETURN

Offensive lineman Jared Smith and defensive lineman Michael Brooks, who were released from the practice squad on Wednesday, were re-signed.

To clear spots on the eight-man unit, wide receiver Tyrone Walker and defensive end Ty Powell were released.

STAR GAZING: CLINT DEMPSEY, EDDIE JOHNSON ATTEND PRACTICE

The Sounders FC duo of midfielder Clint Dempsey and forward Eddie Johnson attended practice. They talked with players, posed for photos and exchanged jerseys afterward. Just back from playing in the U.S. National team’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday – when Johnson’s header was the goal that qualified the U.S. for the World Cup – they’re preparing for Friday night’s MLS match at CenturyLink Field against Real Salt Lake, when a victory would lift Sounders FC into first place in the league.

But on this afternoon, Dempsey and Johnson were fans of American football.

“You see these guys on TV, so it’s awesome to be able to come here and see them in person,” Dempsey said.  “Because for me, I really didn’t get that opportunity a lot to see just such a high level of football being played. Even though they didn’t have their pads on, it was impressive to see just how quick everything was, how sharp everything was and just the attention to detail and in split seconds how quickly everything can change and how precise you have to be on your throws and on your movements.

“It was a real cool experience for me and Eddie to get to come out here and see what that’s like, and also feel so welcome because I never really felt that. Playing soccer, you always feel like you’re an outsider. Whereas you felt really welcome here and that was a great experience.”

UP NEXT: BLUE FRIDAY

It will be “No Repeat Friday” for the players, who will hold their last full practice before Sunday night’s home opener. But it’s also “Blue Friday,” as fans are asked to flaunt their 12th-ness by wearing team attire – or anything blue.

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