Trufant placed on IR

The back injury that caused Marcus Trufant to sit out the Seahawks’ pre-bye game against the Giants will force the veteran cornerback to miss the rest of the season.

Trufant was placed on injured reserve today, ending his ninth season with the team. Second-year cornerback Walter Thurmond is expected to start for Trufant on the left side, as he did in the 36-25 win over the Giants.

Trufant injured his back in the Week 4 loss to the Falcons, but it did not stiffen until the following Wednesday. By Sunday of that week he could not tie his shoes.

“It was a very unusual lower back situation,” coach Pete Carroll said last week, adding that this injury is different from the one that forced Trufant to miss the first six games of the 2009 season. “He sustained a bruised sacrum, which is kind of hard to even get to. … He was just all cramped up and couldn’t move at all.”

The Seahawks also signed two players: defensive tackle Jason Shirley (6-5, 345), who was waived from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on Sept. 3; and linebacker Stephen Franklin (6-foot, 235), a rookie who also had been with the Bengals.

To clear roster spots, rush-end Jameson Konz also was placed on IR after damaging a knee ligament against the Giants.

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