The surprise is how rookie Richard Sherman ended up as the Seattle Seahawks' first-team cornerback this week, not necessarily that he will be the starter come Sunday against Cincinnati.
First, veteran Marcus Trufant went on injured reserve with a recurring back problem. Then, when Seattle returned from its bye, second-year cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered a broken fibula and significant ankle damage and could be out four to six months.
So now it's up to Sherman, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Stanford, to step into the role. He played well last week after Thurmond was injured, but now gets the challenge of facing Bengals rookies A.J. Green and QB Andy Dalton.