RENTON — The Seahawks don’t know what to expect with regard to a ruling on cornerback Richard Sherman’s appeal of a positive test result for performance-enhancing substances or when to expect it. For that very reason, Seattle will change its practice repetitions at left cornerback on Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Carroll said, “so we’re not going to go blindly into it so we are going to get our guys in the rotation a little differently. It won’t change much, though.”
Rookie Jeremy Lane has started at right cornerback the past two weeks in place of Brandon Browner. Byron Maxwell is also available and Marcus Trufant was practicing Wednesday after missing the past four games because of a hamstring injury. Walter Thurmond — who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury remains out of practice, however.
Sherman said Wednesday he has not heard from the league regarding the outcome of his appeal of a positive test for a banned substance. He indicated that while he’d like to pursue any options to contest a potential suspension, that those options are limited and its unlikely he would be able to prevent the imposition of a suspension if his appeal is denied.
Seattle does have some injury concerns entering the regular-season finale, specifically at weakside linebacker. Leroy Hill has a sore hamstring, Malcolm Smith a sore groin, which means Mike Morgan could be an option at that spot if neither Hill nor Smith is available.
“We have to see what they do during the week,” Carroll said.
Receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant were not expected to practice Wednesday though Carroll remained optimistic both would be back in time for Sunday’s game.
“We’ve got to make sure and manage them through the week,” Carroll said.