Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, adding to Seattle’s challenge against New Orleans, the No. 2-ranked passing offense in the NFL, next Monday.
The Seahawks are playing without starting cornerback Brandon Browner, out four to six weeks with a groin injury suffered in a win at Atlanta Nov. 10.
Thurmond started in place of Browner for Seattle’s 41-20 win over Minnesota on Nov. 17, punctuating the victory with his first interception, which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
Then came reports Sunday — during Seattle’s bye week — that Thurmond had been suspended. According to NFL.com, Thurmond planned to appeal the suspension, but plans to drop it early in the week so he would be available for playoff games. Seattle has five regular-season games remaining, beginning with a game against the Saints next Monday at home.
Finnegan to have surgery
St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan will undergo surgery next month because of blurred vision in his left eye since late September.
Finnegan was placed on injured reserve on Saturday, a day before the Rams beat the Chicago Bears 42-21. During the bye week, he got a second medical opinion and was advised to seek immediate treatment and sit out the rest of the season.
Finnegan injured the orbital bone in his left eye against the 49ers on Sept. 26 and has made one start since then and missed three others with what the team reported as a hamstring injury. He played in the nickel package against the Colts before the bye.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Finnegan “has a chance” for a full recovery.
Martin may speak again
A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will likely be interviewed a second time by NFL special investigator Ted Wells about the team’s bullying scandal.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because details about the investigation are confidential. The person said the interview will likely be in New York City or California the first week in December.
Martin alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. He was interviewed for nearly seven hours by Wells on Nov. 15.
Wells spent the past week interviewing Dolphins players, coaches and staff, and also met with Incognito.
Three Rams evaluated
Rookie running back Zac Stacy was among three St. Louis Rams players evaluated for concussion-like symptoms against the Chicago Bears. Stacy, guard Chris Williams and cornerback Trumaine Johnson were all ruled out.
Johnson was down for several minutes early in the third quarter after leading with his head on a tackle. A cart arrived just before Johnson got up and he was led off the field.
Stacy scored his fourth touchdown in three games and had 87 yards on 12 carries. He trotted to the locker room just before the two-minute warning.
Williams, who has started every game at left guard, also was hurt near the end of the half. He got attention on and off the field before jogging to the locker room along with medical personnel.
Shelley Smith replaced Williams.