Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate called cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond selfish after being suspended by the NFL for substance-abuse violations.
"Everyone should realize where this team is,” Tate said Tuesday on 710 ESPN radio.”You are affecting way more than yourself. I feel like that was kind of a selfish move on both those guys part. But it is what it is. The show must go on and that's what we're gonna do.”
Thurmond became the seventh Seahawks player since 2011 to be suspended for violating either the substance-abuse policy or NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.
Thurmond is suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Browner is expected to be suspended for one-year for substance abuse.
The Seahawks have signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox to replace Browner on the active roster.
“We dealt with it today,'' Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We talked about it in meetings and made sure we owned up to it. We'll take care of business. This team is very strong about where we're going and what we're doing. Just because someone slips doesn't mean we're not on track.
“We're very disappointed those guys will not be able to play with us. It's kind of how it goes at times. I don't know that we can expect to be perfect. We'd like to be, but that isn't the case. You want guys to be on point, but sometimes you're going to be disappointed.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.