The Seattle Seahawks have gotten word that they will be without cornerback Brandon Browner for the remainder of the regular season. Browner has been told that he will be suspended four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension is effective immediately.
Browner will not be able to return this season unless the Seahawks make the post season.
It was reported that Browner was going to appeal his positive test for the banned substance, but dropped the appeal and will serve the suspension starting this week.
Browner was having a decent year with the Seahawks with 44 tackles (35 solo, 9 assists), three forced fumbles and three interceptions. Without Browner, the Seahawks become weaker at the corner position on a defense that has been very consistent this season.
The 28-year-old is in his second season with Seattle. He played in the Pro Bowl last season after being signed out of the CFL and recording six interceptions.
Browner was trying to appeal this positive test, which is obviously very hard to do. According to the NFL, players are held responsible for anything in their bodies, which means the only way to fight a positive test is to argue that the results of the test were wrong or the substance that comes up in a test is not really banned in the league, which would allow the person to use them.
The Seahawks sit at 7-5 during the 2012-2013 season and currently hold the sixth seed in the playoffs. Without one of their star corners, the Seahawks may miss the playoffs. This suspension could decide the fate of the team’s season.
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