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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

December 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Walter Thurmond to start in Brandon Browner's place

RENTON -- Cornerback Walter Thurmond will start in Brandon Browner's place at right cornerback as Browner begins serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Coach Pete Carroll -- who again declined to talk about the specifics of Browner's case -- made that announcement during his weekly press conference. He was asked if he was disappointed in the news Browner would be suspended.

"I'm disappointed when we lose anybody whether it's by injury or whatever," Carroll said. "These guys work so hard to be here, and you come to rely on guys and all, so when you lose guys, it's always disappointing. But really the focus goes for us right to the guys who are stepping up."

Thurmond was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2010, chosen out of Oregon where he was injured for much of his senior year. Thurmond played as a rookie and began his second season as Seattle's nickel cornerback. He started two games in 2011 after Marcus Trufant was lost for the season with a back injury in Week 5. Thurmond was injured in the first half of Seattle's Week 7 game at Cleveland last year, suffering a broken fibula. He reinjured the leg in March, and began the season continuing to rehabilitate himself. He was signed to the 53-man roster before Seattle's 10th game, and was active for the first time this season last week.

Rookie Jeremy Lane will step into the role as Seattle's fifth defensive back in its nickel packages.

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