While Seattle’s Brandon Browner had his original appeal of a one-year suspension denied by the NFL Management Council on Wednesday, league sources said that Browner also filed an additional appeal, which has yet to be decided.
Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, would not confirm that he had filed another appeal of the NFL/NFLPA substances of abuse policy, but Schaffer did say that if “administrative options” did not result in a vastly reduced sentence for his client then he will sue the league and seek aggressive compensation.
Browner contested his suspension based on the fact that he was advanced to Stage 3 of the league’s testing program — which includes steep penalties — as a result of missed drug tests he was supposed to take during his four-plus years out of the NFL. Browner maintains he was unaware he was even eligible for continued testing by the league.
Browner says he never received correspondences related to NFL drug tests over six years ago, Schaffer said, and even when he did finally sign with Seattle after four years in the CFL, even then the Seahawks were unaware Browner had been advanced to Stage 3 due to his missed drug tests.
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