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Big test coming for Marcus Burley

RENTON, Wash. -- Marcus Burley, who has played one game as a member of the Legion of Boom, likely will play a majority of the defensive snaps for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Burley is replacing Jeremy Lane at the nickel corner position because Lane is on injured reserve with a groin injury. The Seahawks have depth issues at cornerback. Tharold Simon also is out after undergoing minor knee surgery.

“We’ve taken a blow with Jeremy’s injury,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “In fact, he’s a fine football player for us. We’re challenged by the depth situation. We really were counting on Tharold to be there and battling for us.

“The cool thing is that both of these guys have a chance to get back, and they’ll come back to us later on in the year and our depth will feel a lot different. In the meantime, we have to work real hard.”

Since the Chargers run a no huddle offense and throw the ball most of the time, Burley will play a lot. Burley (5-11, 185) was acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago when the Seahawks sent the Colts a sixth-round draft choice for 2015.

Burley played most of the second half in the 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers after Lane re-injured his groin.

“He was great,” Carroll said of Burley. “For his first shot, I thought he looked really aggressive."

Seattle also added former Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas this week.

“Josh is really an outside guy for us,” Carroll said. “We’re looking for Marcus to do a real nice job and take that [nickel] spot over. It’s a spot that he’s familiar with, and I’m sure he’ll be a factor.”

No doubt veteran Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will test Burley in the game Sunday, but Carroll has confidence in Burley, a second-year player from the University of Delaware. .

“He had a really good preseason [with Indianapolis],’’ Carroll said. “You could really see him do the things we needed to see inside as a nickel guy and outside covering. He tackled really well, and he was really effective on special teams.

“He was an aggressive special teams player that looked like he would fit in with our guys. As we’ve learned more about him, we realized that he’s a real serious competitor, a real bright kid that wants to learn. And he’s real eager, so he’ll jump right at it. We felt like we could tell that from what we saw.”

The Seahawks also have defensive back DeShawn Shead, possibly the most versatile player in the secondary.

"DeShawn is such a valuable guy to us,’' Carroll said. “He can play inside at nickel, he can play safety, as well, and we like him outside. He’s a big strong kid. He’s always been active as a playmaker. If he’s in the game, we feel like he can help us and do things."