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With Hawks CBs out, Bills may tweak game plan

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 1:59 pm

With Seattle CBs Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant out for today’s game with hamstring injuries along with suspended starter Brandon Browner, the Seahawks are without three of their top four corners for their matchup with the Bills. They go into the game with just five healthy corners, two of whom are rookies with two of the others second-year players.

When Thurmond was unable to practice Thursday and Friday second-year CB Byron Maxwell and rookie Jeremy Lane split the reps at his right cornerback position. The two players have 25 NFL appearances between them, but most of that playing time has come on special teams. Neither player has an NFL start on their resume. 

Their backups, second-year CB Ron Parker (8 career games) and rookie DeShawn Shead have no NFL starts either.

Head coach Chan Gailey admitted when an opponent has injury losses at one particular position during the week it can prompt the coaching staff to consider tweaks to the game plan.

“You obviously adjust,” Chan Gailey said in his weekly conversation with “The thing that happens in the course of a week is you have a guy that doesn’t practice a couple of days, but he plays. So you can’t say it looks like he hasn’t practiced let’s do this and he shows up and he’s out there. You have to get to game time before you see and say, ‘Okay this is what we can do. This is why we need to adjust and what we’re thinking.’ But you think about it during the week and having it in your mind in case it happens.”

So essentially those changes don’t go into effect until the opponent’s inactive list comes out an hour and a half before the game.

“And don’t talk to your players about it until you do go ahead with the changes in your plan,” he said. “You don’t want to fill their head with 400 things. You adjust as you need be once you get to the game and communicate it at that time.”

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