It has been a rough week for the Seattle Seahawks defensive backfield. As was reported earlier, Walter Thurmond III was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, reportedly for testing positive for marijuana.
It was also reported that Brandon Browner had been suspended for an entire year, also for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Both were key members of a Seattle defense that ranks second against the pass in 2013, allowing only 180.4 yards per game.
So who will fill in?
ESPN.com is reporting that the Seahawks will sign former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox to help fill the void, pending a physical that was to be taken Tuesday.
Cox was released by the 49ers along with wide receiver Kyle Williams back in mid-November. Williams was promptly picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs and now Cox will have a new employer on the opposite side of the NFC West race.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Nick Eaton are also reporting that Seattle has signed Cox for cornerback depth in the wake of the Thurmond and Browner suspensions.
From the Seattle P-I:
The team also announced that corner Walter Thurmond has been officially suspended by the NFL for four games, making him unavailable for Monday night’s big game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field. Thurmond will be able to return to the Seahawks on Dec. 23, after Seattle’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, for Seattle’s final regular-season contest and the playoffs. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]