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Walter Thurmond ruled out for Seahawks

Walter Thurmond ruled out for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday.

Thurmond injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday and has been officially ruled out. The Seahawks will be forced to start their third cornerback in as many weeks against the Bills.

``Walter's doing it day-to-day,'' head coach Pete Carroll said. ``On this day, he can't go.''

Either Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start for Seattle, with both expected to play extensively. Brandon Browner started Seattle's first 11 games before being suspended for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Thurmond started last week in place of Browner before tweaking his hamstring in practice.

Seattle had used only three cornerbacks through the first 11 weeks of the season: Browner, Richard Sherman and Marcus Trufant. Trufant has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain and has been ruled out as well for Sunday's game. Now Seattle is down to its fifth and sixth options at the position.

Both Maxwell and Lane played extensively in the Seahawks' 58-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals last week.

``They've been playing a lot on special teams but it's different play after play,'' Carroll said. ``The guys did well last week and they got extensive play so it's important and we feel better about that because of it.''

Wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week with a bruised foot. Rice was in a walking boot Wednesday but was able to get work in during Friday's practice and is expected to play. Receiver Charly Martin suffered a serious injury to his calf in practice on Thursday and is expected to be placed on injured reserve. The team has yet to make a move to fill Martin's place on the active roster.

Safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Red Bryant were full participants in practice and are listed as probable. Running back Marshawn Lynch was limited with back and foot injuries but is also expected to play against the Bills.

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5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Notre Dame vs. Georgia

5 prospects Redskins fans should be watching in Notre Dame vs. Georgia

All eyes on the college football world will be on Athens as the Georgia Bulldogs host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and no one is more excited than the NFL scouts. This is the type of matchup that has scouts licking their lips in anticipation given all the NFL prospects on the field. With the Washington Redskins' season already teetering on the brink of disaster, you could argue Notre Dame-Georgia is the more important game for Redskins fans this week. The team is going nowhere this season, but the future could be playing on the field in Athens.

Here are the player's Redskins fans should be watching.

OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Ever hear of a guy named Trent Williams? Well, we are now into Week 3 of the NFL season and he still is not back with the team. At some point, the Redskins have to accept that he is not coming back. His departure instantly makes offensive tackle a position of need for them.

Thomas is going to be one of if not the best tackles in the draft and will be a high first-round pick. He started at right tackle for Georgia as a true freshman and has only improved since then. He will face his toughest test this season against Notre Dame's NFL caliber pass rushers. More on them later.

The NBC Sports Washington Mock Draft 2.0 has the New York Jets selecting Thomas with the No. 7 overall pick. 

RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia

Jay Gruden does not seem to have much faith in Adrian Peterson anymore and Derrius Guice just suffered the second significant injury of his short career. If the Redskins want a reset at running back, Swift would be a good candidate.

Georgia is a running back factory and Swift is averaging a stunning 9.4 yards per carry through three games this season. Granted, the competition has not been fierce, but that is still impressive.

If Swift goes in the first round, which he might, that's too high for the Redskins. This is a team with too many holes to fill to use a first-round draft pick on a running back when you still don't really know what you have in Guice. If he falls to the second round, however, then this looks like a much more attractive pick.

DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame

You can never have enough edge rushers in today's NFL. Kareem started all 13 games last season tying the team lead for sacks and finishing second in tackles for loss. 

Kareem is good at using his speed to turn the corner on the pass rush, but I am not sure he has many other tools in his toolbox and I wonder how he performs against NFL-caliber tackles. He is good against the run, however, and wreaking havoc in the interior.

G Solomon Kindley, Georgia

Kindley is likely the top guard in the nation. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he has NFL size and perhaps the skill to walk into the NFL and start right away. He's got the size, but he is also more mobile than you would expect for a player of his size. That has helped him be a dominant force in the run game which is important in Georgia's pro-style offense.

Brandon Scherff is on the final year of his deal and if he is on his way out, Kindley could be a good replacement.

WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Terry McLaurin is a stud, but the Redskins are in need of more weapons for the passing attack. Claypool did little in 2017, but that had more to do with quarterback Brandon Wimbush not being able to get receivers the ball than it did Claypool. In 2018, Claypool caught 50 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns and his 2019 season has gotten off to a great start. In just two games, he has nine catches for 190 yards and a touchdown. 

Claypool has good size at 6-foot-4 to go with his speed.

Other potential NFL prospects to watch:

QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
OLB Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
S J.R. Reed, Georgia
S Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame
G Ben Cleveland, Georgia
TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
DE/OLB Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
K Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
DT Tyler Clark, Georgia
WR Chris Finke, Notre Dame
OT Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
ILB Tae Crowder, Georgia
OL Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame

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I Am The Prospect: Capitals' prospect Alex Alexeyev is focused on one goal - making the roster

I Am The Prospect: Capitals' prospect Alex Alexeyev is focused on one goal - making the roster

Alex Alexeyev is the third Washington Capitals' prospect featured in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series. Click here to check out more profiles from I am The Prospect.

Like most prospective NHL players, Alex Alexeyev dreams of the day he gets to lift the Stanley Cup over his head.

“It’s the best league in the world," Alexeyev said. "In childhood, they (are) always dreaming about raising that Stanley Cup. It’s my dream too.”

Standing at 6-foot, 3.5-inches tall, the 19-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, was the Capitals' last pick of the first round in the 2018 NHL Draft.

“He’s an untapped resource," Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said. "I was really impressed with him last year, seeing him for the first time."

Alexeyev's journey to the big leagues began three years ago when he made the move from Russia to North America, earning a spot on the top pair of the Red Deer Rebels' roster in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. It was there in March of this past year that he sustained a "scary" knee injury, almost certainly sidelining him for the time being.

“I was scared and I felt like something (was) definitely wrong with my knee but after some time where I figured out, everyone figured out that it’s not that scary,” Alexeyev said.

Alexeyev rebounded quickly, rehabbing his injury with the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

“The injuries, it’s too bad, but players do get injured and that’s something that can’t be helped, Capitals assistant general manager, Ross Mahoney said. "But he had a really good first half of the season with the Red Deer and exceptional World Junior Tournament, the under-20 tournament.” 

Since then, Alexeyev was a standout at the Caps' Developmental Camp in June.

“He just looks like he’s at a different level than the rest of the kids both physically and ability to play," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "He’s big, he’s strong, he’s got a good skill level, he moves the puck well, he seems to have a good attitude a good work ethic, I’m excited to see him in training camp and see his progression here as the year goes on.

With the loss of Capitals' veteran defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, Alexeyev is focused on making the Caps' 2019-20 roster.

“Alex is a really intelligent player," Mahoney said. "I think he’s got great vision on the ice. He has that ability also to be very patient with the puck.” 

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