“It felt like I hadn’t missed a step from where I was last year. I’m just trying to make progress and get better,” Thurmond said. “It’s really just being patient, just getting back to my technique and my form of where I was last year and continuing to get better each week.”
Lane, a sixth-round pick out of Northwestern State in Louisiana, has yet to play a down on defense this year, but he has been a standout on special teams, especially in punt coverage. Behind Lane is second-year cornerback Byron Maxwell.
“We have some concern about it, but I also know we have forced them to compete with our best guys throughout the time and we’re always anticipating with the younger guys that they are going to have to play, so they’re ready to go,” Carroll said. “They are as ready as they can be.”
Carroll also announced that wide receiver Sidney Rice has cleared all concussion tests and is expected to play against Arizona. Rice took a shot from Major Wright on the game-winning touchdown in overtime in Chicago last Sunday.
Defensive end Red Bryant played against Chicago despite a foot injury and is expected to be able play versus Arizona. Carroll was also hopeful about linebacker Leroy Hill, who missed the Bears game with an ankle injury and was replaced by Malcolm Smith.
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