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December 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM

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CBs Thurmond, Trufant back at practice; Sherman expected to be available

RENTON -- Seattle had two cornerbacks return to practice Friday.

Neither one was named Richard Sherman, however.

The Seahawks starting left cornerbak was absent for the second consecutive practice, which was not injury related. It's believed Sherman was out of town for an appeal hearing related to a positive test result for performance-enhancing drugs.

Coach Pete Carroll did not comment on the reason for the absence, but did say he anticipates Sherman will be available for the game.

Seattle might have another couple of cornerbacks available, too. Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond each returned to practice Friday, coming back from hamstring injuries. Trufant has been out the past three games while Thurmond missed last week's game.

"We'll go all the way to game time with those guys," Carroll said. "There will be a few of those guys, they have to show us we can play."

That includes receiver Sidney Rice, who has not practiced this week because of a sore knee. Carroll said Rice did work out on Friday, but the team has to make sure that he's up to speed on game day.

"He feels pretty good right now," Carroll said of Rice. "But we've got to get to game day and run him and see how he can tolerate it. He thinks he's playing. He feels like he's going to."

Defensive tackle Alan Branch practiced for a second consecutive game, and is expected to play. His status was a concern after he left Sunday's game in Toronto because of an ankle injury.


• DT Jason Jones had suffered torn cartilage in his knee, the injury which predicated putting him on injured reserve.

SeahawksSeahawks injury report
Did not practiceDid not practiceDOUBTFUL
WR Sidney Rice (Knee)WR Sidney Rice (Knee)
DT Alan Branch (Ankle)CB Walter Thurmond (Hamstring)
DT Jason Jones (Knee)CB Richard Sherman (Not injury related)
CB Walter Thurmond (Hamstring)
CB Marcus Trufant (Hamstring)CB Marcus Trufant (Hamstring)
RB Leon Washington (Illness)
Limited in practiceLimited in practiceQUESTIONABLE
RB Marshawn Lynch (Back)S Jeron Johnson (Groin)CB Marcus Trufant (Hamstring)
 RB Robert Turbin (Illness)CB Walter Thurmond (Hamstring)
&nbp; WR Sidney Rice (Knee)
  S Jeron Johnson (Groin)
Full participationFull participationPROBABLE
 DT Alan Branch (Ankle)DT Alan Branch (Ankle)
 RB Marshawn Lynch (Back)RB Marshawn Lynch (Back)
 RB Leon Washington (Illness)RB Leon Washington (Illness)
  RB Robert Turbin (Illness)
  CB Richard Sherman (Not Injury Related)
for-mark-1-cl.gif49ers injury report
Did not practiceDid not practiceDOUBTFUL
LB Clark Haggans (Shoulder)LB Clark Haggans (Shoulder)
DT Justin Smith (Elbow)DT Justin Smith (Elbow)
Limited in practiceLimited in practiceQUESTIONABLE
LB Ahmad Brooks (Shoulder)LB Ahmad Brooks (Shoulder)LB Clark Haggans (Shoulder)
CB Tarell Brown (Shoulder)CB Tarell Brown (Shoulder)DT Justin Smith (Elbow)
LB Tavares Gooden (Ribs)LB Tavares Gooden (Ribs)LB Tavares Gooden (Ribs)
WR Mario Manningham (Shoulder)WR Mario Manningham (Shoulder)WR Mario Manningham (Shoulder)
RB Bruce Miller (Shoulder)RB Bruce Miller (Shoulder)DT Will Tokuafu (Concussion)
LB Aldon Smith (Shoulder)LB Aldon Smith (Shoulder)
DT Will Tukuafu (Concussion)DT Will Tukuafu (Concussion)
Full participationFull participationPROBABLE
K David Akers (Pelvis)K David Akers (Pelvis)K David Akers (Pelvis)
G Alex Boone (Knee)G Alex Boone (Knee)G Alex Boone (Knee)
LB Navorro Bowman (Shoulder)LB Navorro Bowman (Shoulder)LB Navorro Bowman (Shoulder)
RB Frank Gore (Wrist)RB Frank Gore (Wrist)RB Frank Gore (Wrist)
G Mike Iupati (Shoulder)G Mike Iupati (Shoulder)G Mike Iupati (Shoulder)
CB Carlos Rogers (Knee)CB Carlos Rogers (Knee)CB Carlos Rogers (Knee)
LB Patrick Willis (Shoulder)LB Patrick Willis (Shoulder)LB Patrick Willis (Shoulder)
  LB Ahmad Brooks (Shoulder)
  CB Tarell Brown (Shoulder)
  FB Bruce Miller (Shoulder)
  DE Aldon Smith (Shoulder)
  S C.J. Spillman (Illness)

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@Bb13 Particularly if Sherman loses his appeal. We're really going to need Thurmond... MORE
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