Cornerback Walter Thurmond wants to show he's ready
RENTON -- Cornerback Walter Thurmond has had more than enough rehab work.
After all, he's had to recover twice from a broken fibula, which he first suffered in Week 7 last year at Cleveland and then reinjured in March.
"It was the exact same rehab," Thurmond said, "getting back in shape and all, I had to do it twice. That wasn't fun at all."
But it's over. Thurmond began the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which required he miss at least the first six games. He was eligible to begin practicing with the team last week, but was held out as Seattle had a condensed work week to prepare for its game Thursday in San Francisco.
He did practice during Monday's workout.
"He looked very quick," coach Pete Carroll said. "He worked really hard to be in shape with the trainers so he could start practice, and not have to ease him into practice and all of that. He looked like he had really worked hard."
Now the question is not only where Thurmond fits in, but when. Seattle must activate him by Nov. 5, which is the day after its game against Minnesota, or place him on injured reserve or release him.
"We'll just take it one week at a time and see where it goes," Carroll said. "I don't have any idea what we would do at this point for this week."
Thurmond began last season as the team's nickelback, coming on the field in pass packages with five defensive backs. He moved into the starting lineup after Marcus Trufant went down with a back injury that kept him out for the Week 5 game at the New York Giants and eventually resulted in Trufant being placed on injured reserve.
Thurmond was injured in the first half of Seattle's sixth game, which was played in Cleveland, suffering a broken fibula.
Richard Sherman moved into the starting lineup, and has intercepted seven passes in the 17 regular-season games he has started.
Seattle planned over the offseason for Thurmond to be its nickelback, a fact that precipitated Trufant's release before free agency. The Seahawks wanted Trufant to return, but they couldn't promise him a specific role.
The Denver Broncos were interested in signing Trufant, bringing him in for a visit, but when Thurmond suffered another fracture of his fibula in March, it opened up that nickelback role, which is what Trufant has played -- quite well -- for the first seven games of the season.
As Seattle resumes practice Wednesday, Thurmond will be looking to reclaim a role in Seattle's secondary.
So what's the key to getting back on the field?
"Just giving the coaches confidence," Thurmond said. "I think that's the biggest thing. Just showing that I can still play like I was playing before I got injured. So I've just got to prove it in practice, and earn my reps for the team."