Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond received a four-game suspension from the National Football League for a breach of its substance-abuse policy.
Thurmond will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 23, the league said yesterday in a statement. The Seahawks, who have won six straight games for an NFL-best 10-1 record, host the St. Louis Rams (5-6) on Dec. 29 in their final regular-season game.
Thurmond has started three games this season for Seattle, which returns from a bye week Dec. 2 to host the New Orleans Saints (9-2), who have the second-best record in the National Football Conference after the Seahawks.
Thurmond returned his first interception of the season 29 yards for a touchdown as the Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41-20 on Nov. 17 for their franchise-record 13th straight home win.
Thurmond has been filling in for the injured Brandon Browner, who is set to receive a one-year suspension for a breach of the league’s substance-abuse policy, NFL.com reported. Browner, who has a groin injury, was suspended for Seattle’s last four regular-season games in 2012 for violating the substance-abuse policy.
To help rebuild their secondary, the Seahawks signed free-agent cornerback Perrish Cox and may add veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, coach Pete Carroll said Nov. 25.
Cox, 26, was taken by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He moved to the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 before being released Nov. 12 to clear a roster spot for linebacker Nick Moody.
Winfield, 36, spent five years with the Buffalo Bills before moving in 2005 to the Vikings, where he started 16 games last season. The three-time Pro Bowl player signed with Seattle as a free agent in April and announced his retirement at the end of the preseason.