Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond (28) runs the ball in for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) (not pictured) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond facing a 4-game suspension

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, according to NFL Network Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Thurmond was going to appeal, but is dropping it to return in time for the playoffs according to Rapoport.

Rapoport is reporting that Thurmond’s suspension is non-PED related. Seahawks players have routinely run into problems with the NFL’s substance abuse policy for performance enhancing drugs. Specifically in connection with the drug Adderall, which despite being a prescription for ADHD is a performance enhancing drug for those players without prescriptions.


Cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for violating NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (non-PED), NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning,” according to multiple sources informed of the situation.

For the Seahawks it makes their fight for the number one seed in the conference that much more challenging. They’re also without Brandon Browner who is out 4-6 weeks.

“Hopefully, by the end of this week, we’ll know more,” head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week, via ESPN. “He had a pretty good exam [Monday], I know that. But he has a serious groin pull. It’s not just a pulled muscle. He has some tissue damage and stuff. It’s a severe groin pull. They are talking four to six weeks at best. That’s a long haul.”


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  • Sport Biomechanics

    Seattle now tied for 3rd in the Drug Rankings

  • skeletony

    Seahawks have had LESS problems with PED use than most other teams, including adderal according to the official stats for such. I know it was popular for a while to assert otherwise (because Browner got suspended last years then Irvin got suspended this year, not too far apart) but the facts are that we were in the bottom third of teams for drug violations of any kind up until Thurmond’s coming suspension.

    Do any writers fact check anymore?

    • Mike Dyce

      From the Seattle Times (this one was from after Thurmond’s non-PED suspension): “Vai Taua, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy, Browner and Bruce Irvin all were suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.” That doesn’t include Richard Sherman who had his test overturned. That makes what 7 players? 7 not counting Thurmond because his suspension was non-PED.

      Or how about this from ESPN (this one was from before Thurmond’s non-PED suspension): “The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL in suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs since Pete Carroll became coach in 2010, research by ESPN Stats & Information shows.”

      • skeletony

        ESPN also has a list I just read placing Seattle in the bottom 1/3rd of all teams for drug related offenses, which should tell you something about this issue. Vai Taua for example was only on our practice squad and was cut. Moffit had a prescription for the drug but his agent failed to correctly file the paperwork for the NFL. The rest put us right with the NFl average (check out how many other teams’ players have been in such trouble. Especially the Colts.) until this year when we fell far below most until Thurmond’s suspension.

        In answer to your question, yes it was erroneously and widely reported that Seattle had a bigger problem than the rest by guys failing to do any research.

        • Mike Dyce

          Do you have a link to this article?

          • skeletony

            Looking for it now (but may have to wait until afternoon). Someone linked to it at the site. but I believe the one posted below by Sport Biomechanics is essentially the same except for being revised AFTER Thurmond’s thing came up.

            Edit: scratch that but his article also makes my case even if only for 2013.

          • Mike Dyce

            Well let me know if/when you find it because that would contradict a lot of reports. I think it is worth mentioning that I referenced suspensions for PED use, very specific.

            This Sport BioMechanics includes other criminal and arrests as well (violating substance abuse policy doesn’t require an arrest) and it gives different weights to the arrest based on what it is. That is why New England has 7 under criminal, Aaron Hernandez’s homicide charge is 4 points (but he is only one player). They also divide the number of games suspended by 4, so it isn’t based on a pure number of players suspended. Jacksonville is in first there because of Blackmon’s 8 game suspension being weighted as 2 pts to their 4 in the PED category. Even with that, Seattle is tied for third in PEDs on their chart. Keep that in mind (I wouldn’t reference that).

  • skeletony

    Now…because Thurmond was busted for POT. Before that we were in the bottom third.