It was not the news the Seattle Seahawks were hoping for, but at least it was news. Ian Rapaport of NFL.com reports Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Browner challenged a possible one-year suspension on procedural issues. He argued he should not have been regarded as a Stage 3 offender since he was playing in the Canadian Football League and didn’t know he had to continue taking the NFL’s drug tests.
Some believe Browner will take his fight to Federal Court to continue playing in the NFL. His agent Peter Schaffer tweeted the case is far from over.
Because he is a free agent next season, Browner’s run with Seattle is probably over. He was also suspended 4 games last season for violating the league’s PED policy.
Browner issued this statement via twitter ,
“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years. I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful. Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!”
A groin injury has kept Browner out of games since November 10th, and he was getting closer to full health. Coach Pete Carroll was asked at his Wednesday press conference why the team did not just place Browner on injured reserve.
“I think in respect to the player and what he’s done and what he offers this team,” answered Carroll. “We were able to do it because of the versatility of some other guys. He’s been such an impact guy for us we had the opportunity to wait it out and see what was going on.”
Seattle’s secondary has not missed a beat without Browner or another suspended cornerback Walter Thurmond. That’s due to the sensational play from Byron Maxwell, who has 3 interceptions in the last 2 games.
“When you get in there the game slows down and your technique is better,” explained Maxwell. “I go back and look at myself at the beginning of the season, and the technique is not as well as it is now.”
The Seahawks injury report had 5 players out of Wednesday practice. Marshawn Lynch and Chris Clemons received a ‘rest’ day, TE Zach Miller is still nursing sore ribs, SS Kam Chancellor (quad), and Percy Harvin (hip)
Arizona qb Carson Palmer (ankle) and pro bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) did not participate in their open practice, but coach Bruce Arians is optimistic both will be available Sunday in Seattle.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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