By Matthew Asher
Thanks to the four-game suspension of Walter Thurmond and the possible one-year (you read that correctly) suspension of Brandon Browner, both in relationship to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Seattle has signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox as the newest member of the team.
Both Browner and Thurman had allegedly failed a drug test, but not PEDs. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it’s suspected the failed drug test was in regards to marijuana or some other recreational drug.
Although Thurman originally was appealing the suspension, it was thought that we would drop his appeal following the Week 13 Monday Night Football game, which would have still allowed him to be active in the playoffs, but unable to play in the last four regular season games. Rather than wait for the end of the next game, Thurman has apparently already dropped his appeal.
As of writing this article, Thurman would still miss the next four games of the season when the ‘Hawks take on the Saints, 49ers, Giants and Cardinals. He will be allowed to officially return to the Seahawks roster on December 23, the day after their Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He will be able to play in the Week 17 game against the St. Louis Rams on December 29, and of course, the 2014 NFL Playoffs.
Browner situation is a little more complicated. He currently is still on the shelf, recovering from a groin injury and wasn’t expected to return to the team until the middle of December. The updates regarding his situation have mostly been coming by way of Twitter, so nothing’s been made official yet.
The first report was that Browner had failed a test regarding PEDs. Browner denied it on his Twitter account. There have been conflicting reports as to whether or not the NFL has already heard Browner’s appeal or not. Browner will become a free agent next March, so if it turns out the NFL denies his appeal, there’s a good chance that he may have played his final game as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Whatever the eventual result of this situation, Seattle has already taken steps to shore up their secondary with the signing of Cox, who was released earlier in November by San Francisco to make room on the roster for returning linebacker Nick Moody. Cox played in nine games for the 49ers this season, recording two tackles and recovered one fumble.
Seattle is going to need every member of their secondary, both the new ones and the veterans on the same page this Monday because the New Orleans Saints have one of the best passing attacks in the league.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.