Seahawks add Shead in DB shuffle

RENTON, Wash. -- Perrish Cox had a 24-hour stay on the active roster for the Seattle Seahawks.

One day after signing the former 49ers cornerback to help with the depleted secondary, Seattle released Cox in order to move DeShawn Shead off the practice squad to the active roster.

Cox later had this tweet:

The move to release Cox is a bit mysterious, but it's an indication the Seahawks are high on Shead, a second-year cornerback from Portland State. It also says the team is comfortable with backup Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane, who will play a lot Monday night against the Saints.

Maxwell will start for Walter Thurmond, who was suspended Monday for the next four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

“It’s a bigger deal to everybody else than it is for me,” Maxwell said Wednesday. “I prepare for every game like I’m starting. It’s a regular week and you focus on what you need to do. I try to be physical out there and have fun.”

Thurmond was starting for Brandon Browner, who has appealed a possible one-year suspension for substance abuse. The fact that Seattle didn’t place Browner on injured reserve (he has a severe groin pull) is an indication that his status is uncertain. Obviously, Browner is hoping to have his suspension time reduced.

If a team places a player on IR, he continues to receive his salary. He is not paid if he’s suspended. No official announcement on Browner’s suspension had come from the NFL as of Wednesday afternoon.

Seattle fullback Michael Robinson had a philosophical stance about the suspensions.

“As Frederick Douglass said: 'There is no progress without struggle,'" Robinson said “It is what it is. You can’t go through a season in the National Football League and expect there won’t be any distractions. You’re fooling yourself if you think that. You grow from it and learn from it. We love those guys to death and understand they made a mistake. Who are we to pass judgment?”