— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2013
One suspension is a suspension too many for any team.
The Seahawks, for all their positives, have a serious issue on their hands here.
And it’s becoming a bit of a farce.
Too many players are missing big games. Since Pete Carroll arrived in Seattle, seven (S-E-V-E-N) players have been suspended. Six for PED related issues, and now Thurmond for Substance Abuse.
Vai Taua, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy, Brandon Browner, Bruce Irvin and Walter Thurmond.
Richard Sherman also faced a suspension last year, but avoided missing any time after a successful appeal.
After Irvin’s suspension, Carroll stated, “This is a challenge…. it’s a challenge for us, and it’s a challenge for the league. The league is doing everything they can to help guys make it through these young careers that they have.… And we are too.”
Yet here we are, seeing another Seahawks player suspended.
At a time when Seattle’s football team is 10-1, a legitimate Super Bowl contender and getting praise from all quarters, this issue is threatening to undermine everything they’ve achieved on the field.
It’s damaging reputations. It’s already gone too far.
And more than anything it’s costing the team. With Brandon Browner out for 4-6 weeks, Thurmond is now going to miss a month. Right before a game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.