Walter Thurmond, the Seahawks nickel cornerback, will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora confirms. Thurmond will begin serving his suspension next week in order to be ready for the playoffs. NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport originally reported the suspension.
Thurmond plays behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, and though he only makes a base salary of $630,000 this season, he’s scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. On the season, he’s made 31 tackles to go with an interception, a sack and six defended passes.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported earlier this month that the team likely would lose Browner and Thurmond to free agency.
“Both are coveted by several teams who have the duo sitting atop their free-agent rankings. While overshadowed by guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas on a national level, the duo are well positioned to earn big raises in free agency, with it unlikely the Seahawks will be able to get them extended before then,” La Canfora wrote. “Browner has been a standout since emerging from the CFL, and Thurmond has battled injury issues, but when healthy has performed at a very high level and is well regarded by other organizations.”
Last season, Browner and Sherman were suspended four games for using Adderall, but Sherman’s punishment was overturned on appeal. Since 2011, five Seahawks have been suspended for violating the substance abuse policy.