The Seattle Seahawks suffered a big blow Tuesday. They discovered that cornerback Brandon Browner will be out for a few games after suffering a groin injury against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. Browner’s MRI did not produce promising results.
“We don’t know how extensive it is, but it will be quite a while,” head coach Pete Carroll said Monday during his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show. “He [Browner] had a significant pop and he could feel it. But [Walter] Thurmond stepped up and played really well. We have total confidence in him.”
Thurmond started the first two games of the season when Browner was out with a nagging hamstring injury. Having played in all 10 games this season, Thurmond seems like the clear-cut choice to successfully replace Browner, a Pro Bowl selection in 2011.
Thurmond has recorded 28 tackles this season, accompanied with one sack and a forced fumble.
While Browner will not be playing for the Seahawks for some time, they did receive some good news.
Percy Harvin, who received surgery on his injured hip in August, will make his 2013 debut with the Seahawks this Sunday. Harvin will be an asset to a dynamic Seattle offense that has averaged 208 yards per game. With Harvin, that passing average could be significantly higher if the Seahawks utilize the electric wide receiver against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Concerning the running game, the Seahawks’ powerful backfield will get some much-needed help Sunday. Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini could return to Seattle’s offensive line, which would undoubtedly please one of the premier running backs in the league, Marshawn Lynch.
With the loss of Browner and the addition of Harvin, Okung and Giacomini, an already-strong Seahawks team will look to take care of business when they square off against the Vikings on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PST.