It appears as though the “Legion of Boom” is taking a permanent hit. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner ran into some trouble with the league a season ago, and this time he’s really going to pay for it.
Browner has officially been suspended for a full year after violating the league’s policy regarding substance abuse, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Here is clarification on Brandon Browner’s status w Seahawks. He’s being suspended one year for substance abuse, per @AdamSchefter
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 26, 2013
Last season, Browner missed the final four games of the year after being suspended for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. At the moment, Browner is in the midst of recovering from a groin injury and would have been available to return sometime in December, according to coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks, according to sources of NFL.com’s Michael Silver, are prepared to move on without Browner — his career with Seattle is going to come to an end. For Seattle, this is probably the right decision to make. A team with Super Bowl aspirations and a tight-knit defense doesn’t need any distractions like Browner’s immaturity.
An interesting tidbit from this situation: Seattle is also expected to sign free agent corner Antoine Winfield in the wake of Browner’s suspension, again according to the report.
In an interesting turn of events, Seattle is now without two cornerbacks due to violations of league policies. Walter Thurmond was also suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. While these suspensions will hurt the Seahawks in the short-term, like I said before, the team is much better off without the distraction.
We’ll keep you updated on the situation as we hear more information. But, for now, Browner is gone for a year and likely on his way out of Seattle.