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Sherman, Browner will play until appeals are resolved

Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner AP

Largely lost in the news that Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face four-game suspensions for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances is that both players will continue to play until further notice.

As reported during Football Night in America, appeals will be filed and the suspensions won’t be active until the appeals are resolved.

There’s currently no date for a hearing and no timetable for a resolution.  Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that both players are accused of taking Adderall.  Unless someone from the league office or the Seahawks disclosed that information to Rapoport (and in turn risked incurring a fine of up to $500,000), Rapoport’s information comes from the players or their agents.  And because the league and the team technically can say nothing about the subject, the players or their agents can say anything.

That’s why Adderall is now regarded as the successor to the spiked over-the-counter supplement.  By relying on the banned stimulant, any player can avoid the stigma of steroids, even if that’s precisely what he tested positive for.

With five games left, the Seahawks could lose both players for the stretch run — and possibly for one or more playoff games.  Otherwise, the suspensions could spill over in to 2013.

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18 Responses to “Sherman, Browner will play until appeals are resolved”
  1. yourfavoriteteamsucksbigtime says: Nov 25, 2012 7:53 PM

    Wow. I’m stunned.

  2. joshmeeker says: Nov 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    49ers only have 2 tough games left, @NE and @SEA. Those two being out equates to an SF win. Looking good for the 49ers!

  3. unbiased8383 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    If u still get busted for adderall after everyone who has already been suspended for it than u deserve the suspension.

  4. pftisterrible says: Nov 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    Seattle’s future looks bright, but if these suspensions are upheld, they have no chance of making the postseason this year

  5. cinvis says: Nov 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    Seattle is a 4-12 team with a few ‘smoke and mirror’ wins to bloat their record. (Mora accent)… PLAYOFFS!…. Not a chance.

  6. jtylert says: Nov 25, 2012 8:03 PM

    how else are you supposed to cram before a playbook exam??

  7. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Richard Sherman using P.E.D.’s, huh?????

    Interesting.

    And here we all believed him when he said he was the real deal.

  8. thehighhat says: Nov 25, 2012 8:39 PM

    Pete the Cheat, taking his show to the NFL!

  9. schmitty2 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:01 PM

    joshmeeker says:
    Nov 25, 2012 7:56 PM
    49ers only have 2 tough games left, @NE and @SEA. Those two being out equates to an SF win. Looking good for the 49ers!

    Are you serious?? I hope your not saying those are wins. And lets not overlook the Rams at St.Louis next week. Thet might have overlooked them at home last week

  10. theobamaphones says: Nov 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    I watched transformers, and I’m about 99.9% sure optimus prime didn’t take PEDs. It may be time to change your nickname, how about lights out….oh, wait a minute.

  11. stoptrippn says: Nov 25, 2012 9:57 PM

    Hey Pete, what the lying excuse?

  12. annes22 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:12 PM

    So the Dolphins beat the cheats today?? Good for them.

  13. CaJonMcChicken says: Nov 25, 2012 10:14 PM

    This explains Sherman smack talking the past few weeks. Roid Rage!

  14. goldrush36 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    Colin Kaepernick had that nickname 5 years ago. ijs

  15. denisereneew22 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:41 AM

    like Gronkowski and hundreds of other NFL players aren’t….? Damn was really staring to like Sherman tho. Hope he keeps up his playing once everything settles

  16. ogre2010 says: Nov 26, 2012 4:07 AM

    Should Goodell text Sherman saying ‘U Mad Bro’

  17. ztyler says: Nov 26, 2012 7:05 AM

    Adderral is reserved for our schoolchildren, not our professional athletes. How dare they steal on our future generations!

  18. patsfan13 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:02 AM

    How can you in good conscience bring up Gronk’s name associated with PEDs? Where is your proof? Bring up names of people who have tested positive not someone who is a great player, and who you probably wish was on your team.

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