Walter Thurmond activated

Posted Dec 27, 2013

The Seahawks activated cornerback Walter Thurmond from his roster exempt status Friday, and released cornerback Perrish Cox to clear a spot on the 53-man roster.

Walter Thurmond took the next step in his return to the Seahawks when he was added to the 53-man roster Friday.

The fourth-year cornerback returned this week from serving a league-imposed four-game suspension, but came back with a roster exemption. To clear a roster spot for Thurmond, cornerback Perrish Cox was released.

“Walter had a great week,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice, the Seahawks’ final full session before Sunday’s regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field. “He worked out really hard during the break for him and came back here really full speed and is ready to play.”

Thurmond played in 11 games, with three starts, before being suspended. He had 31 tackles, a sack, his first NFL interception and six passes defensed.

But Byron Maxwell will continue to start at right cornerback, as he has the past four games with Thurmond gone and since-suspended cornerback Brandon Browner out with a groin injury.

“Byron has played great football for us,” Carroll said. “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.”