The good news for the Seahawks? Per a source with knowledge of the situation, they’re expected to have cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman (pictured) available for next week’s visit from the Cardinals.
The not-as-good news? They don’t really need them, given Arizona’s struggles at quarterback.
The bad news? If they play on Sunday and their four-game suspensions are upheld thereafter, the suspensions would spill into the playoffs.
The source said that a hearing on the appeals has not yet been set, and that at the earliest the hearing will occur late this week. That said, the players plan to object to any effort to schedule the hearing this week, given their desire to gather information regarding the alleged positive tests.
In this regard, keep in mind that the players did not test positive for Adderall. Instead, they allegedly tested positive for amphetamines, which are contained within Adderall. Both players deny knowingly ingesting any substance containing amphetamines.
It may not matter, given the rule that players are responsible for whatever is detected in their bodies. But the players want to have a fair opportunity to challenge the evidence that the league plans to introduce against them, and they believe that they won’t have a fair shot at defending themselves if a hearing happens this week.
Even if the hearing is held late this week, a ruling by Sunday is regarded as unlikely. That said, there’s always a chance that the hearing officer will expedite the ruling to ensure that the suspensions will be served during the regular season, and not in the postseason.