Seahawks’ Tate: Banned teammates selfish

Updated: November 26, 2013, 6:01 PM ET

Terry Blount |

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate said cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner were “selfish” by forcing the league to suspend them for substance abuse.

“Everyone should realize where this team is,” Tate said Tuesday on 710 ESPN radio in Seattle. “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.

As expected, the Seahawks announced Monday afternoon that Thurmond had been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 23, the day after Seattle plays the Arizona Cardinals.

Browner is expected to receive a one-year suspension for substance abuse, but no official announcement has come on his status.

The Seahawks signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox on Monday and added him to the active roster in place of Thurmond.

Seattle (10-1) plays the New Orleans Saints (9-2) on Monday night at CenturyLink Field in a game that could decide home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Tate said he was disappointed in some of the vitriol he has read on Twitter from Seahawks fans, who he felt didn’t represent the fans’ 12th-man tradition.

“They talk like Tarzan, but they really look like Jane,” Tate said of the Twitter commenters. “They write things they would never say to your face. But without these two guys [Thurmond and Browner], we still need the 12s to show Monday night, and we need to show up.”

Linebacker K.J. Wright doesn’t think that will be a problem.

“We are the guys who will be out there,” Wright said on 710 ESPN. “When we’re on the field, none of this stuff is going to matter.”

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