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Brandon Browner begins serving four-game suspension

Brandon Browner, Riley Cooper AP

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner will begin serving his four-game suspension immediately and will miss the remainder of 2012.

Browner, who violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, will be out for the final four games of the regular season. He will be eligible to rejoin the Seahawks, who are currently in position to be the sixth and final NFC playoff team, at the start of the postseason.

The announcement that Browner’s suspension starts now comes as something of a surprise, as Browner was expected to continue appealing the four-game ban, which he says is for taking the prescription drug Adderall.

Seattle’s other starting cornerback, Richard Sherman, is also facing a four-game ban for what he says was taking Adderall. There’s been no official word from the NFL or the Seahawks about the status of Sherman’s appeal, although he is expected to play this week and have an appeal hearing next week.

The Seahawks also announced that they signed cornerback Ron Parker off the Panthers’ practice squad and promoted cornerback DeShawn Shead from their own practice squad to the 53-man roster. Walter Thurmond is expected to start at left cornerback while Browner is out.

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29 Responses to “Brandon Browner begins serving four-game suspension”
  1. gronkspike802 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:55 PM

    Definitely knew there was no way he was gonna win, can’t really argue with a blood test, especially when you know you are guilty. Might as well take the suspension now so he can be with his team if they make it to the playoffs.

  2. cball77 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    Smart. He’s back for the playoffs. It would be best for the team is Sherman does the same before Sunday.

    Trufant, Thurmond will hopefully start this weekend. Hope they and others can hold down the fort.

  3. saints25 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    I’m going out on a limb here,an say that Sherman will get a 4- game suspension too..:-)..

  4. TheUniverse says: Dec 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    Don’t get your hopes up too high Seahawks haters… this won’t hurt the Seahawks defense much.

  5. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Dec 5, 2012 3:59 PM

    Guessing Browner just bit the bullet now so he can be back by the time Sherman will be out, keeping at least one of them on the field the rest of the way.

  6. myroncopesflask says: Dec 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    Ahh maybe the adderall is helping his focus. If he serves the 4 games now he can play in the playoffs.

  7. seahawkfan4evr says: Dec 5, 2012 4:02 PM

    Perfect timing cause this way we won’t have both out the same time

  8. ninerslovecooljav says: Dec 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    SEAHAWKS = CHEATERS

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    Another stain on their season of illegitimacy.

  10. dcbassguy says: Dec 5, 2012 4:09 PM

    If you don’t think this hurts the Seahawks defense…… You’re a Moron!

  11. newmarketmaulers says: Dec 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    Sorry, but I dont think they need him to beat the Cardinals.

  12. hehateme2 says: Dec 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    It’s about time… no need to delay the guilty verdicts.

  13. geniusfan says: Dec 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    I like Browner he’ll be back for the playoff so he made the right choice here.

    As for Sherman what goes around comes around pal. Enjoy sitting out the postseason while your team is out there trying to advance.

  14. azarkhan says: Dec 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    It’s about time he wised up. Now if Richard Sherman would do the same, the Seahawks would be looking good going into the playoffs. All of their remaining games look winnable with the exception of the 49ers.

  15. cliffordc05 says: Dec 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    I think people will be surprised at just how good Walter Thurmond is. He was the starter (ahead of Sherman) last year when he broke his leg.

    The big drop in quality will come when Sherman begins his suspension. Trufant has clearly lost a step and is currently hurt. It might be possible to move the safety over to corner for two games if the backup safety is clearly superior to the options at corner.

  16. hendeeze says: Dec 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    love the short sided fans, like Seattle is gonna play Arizona 4 more times. The illegitimate Seahawks will be lucky to be in the playoffs

  17. jdillydawg says: Dec 5, 2012 4:52 PM

    I guess there are only so many times you can use the “I was only taking Aderall” excuse.

    What a coincidence they were both taking it. Amazing that there isn’t one other player in the NFL taking it. What are the odds?

    Yeah, I think taking the suspension now was a good move.

    Keep dreamin’ Sherman, and should your team make the playoffs, you can tell Browner how he got lucky and you got the shaft…

  18. socalseahawker says: Dec 5, 2012 4:53 PM

    It’s not goning to matter if he’s back for the playoffs if they can’t get there!! This is a big blow no matter how you look at it. C’mon boys, next man up!

  19. studio26seattle says: Dec 5, 2012 4:55 PM

    newmarketmaulers says: Dec 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    Sorry, but I dont think they need him to beat the Cardinals.
    ____________________________________
    Browner and Sherman both played in Week 1 versus the Cardinals and Seattle still lost. Granted, Wilson is loads better now than that initial game. But don’t wave of Arizona as an easy win. They are still NFL talent.

  20. ketch20too says: Dec 5, 2012 5:24 PM

    Sherman waiting til he’s done banging bodies with Fitz on Sunday. Trufant is a liabilty, Thurmond is an unknown quantity and an injury looking for a place to happen. Maybe one of these practice squad guys turns into Pete Hunter for the Hawks.

  21. ncjjdix says: Dec 5, 2012 6:13 PM

    Cheaters….. Should be 5-7. U know u lost to Green Bay right. And lucky win in Chicago. Bears win NFC north. Packers, redskins, and bucks will all have better record than Seahawks. With 2 cheaters on team….or more….. Should have to give up your wins.. But with cheater Pete Carroll running the show…not surprised…..

  22. voltron217 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:21 PM

    When are cheaters going to start costing their teams games? How is it fair that a team who may have lost to a team with a cheater(s) watch a team their fighting a playoff spot play that same team later in the season minus that player due to a suspension!

  23. pftisterrible says: Dec 5, 2012 7:34 PM

    Walter Thurmond is going to be the next pro bowl corner for Seattle. If he gets hurt again, both Sherman and Browner will be back for the NFC championship game and the Super Bowl.

    Not worried

  24. beastmode5150 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:33 PM

    They don’t need him to beat the cardinals, rams, or bills, and probably not against SF, even if they kick that game, 3-1 over final 4 and they are in, and have him back. Don’t sleep on Walter Thurmond.

  25. trollhammer20 says: Dec 5, 2012 10:00 PM

    To the fan above who said “lucky win against the Bears”: How does 2 drives, 24 plays, 177 yards, and 2 TDs to win a game constitute “luck”? Maybe if the Bears could beat the Packers….ahahahahahahaha, like that’s ever going to happen again.

    As for Browner, he was the guy that QBs would target so they didn’t have to throw at Sherman. Not as good a cover guy, but he made up for it by making big plays, like forcing fumbles. Walter Thurmond III was so highly regarded by the coaching staff he was a starter last year until injury forced him out and gave Sherman a chance. He’ll be right at home.

    Given how well Wilson, Rice, and Tate have been playing, anyone who thinks they can easily outscore the Seattle Seahawks now that they’re down a CB has another thing coming.

  26. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Dec 6, 2012 4:22 AM

    Last few games, the ‘Hawks have been playing 3-deep zone every single play. What happened to bump and run?

    Nauseating to see corners who were selected and groomed to play press man turning their hips and bailing out before the snap. Keep everything in front of you, right?

    It’s weird, but I think that style of Gus Bradley D (stipulating that earlier this year, with the press man, we were playing Pete Carrol D) suits Truf, Thurmond, and Jeremy Lane pretty well. Tight man works well when you reroute WRs and give the front 4 an extra half-second to get home. That hasn’t been happening lately.

    Now’s the time to see what we have in Jeremy Lane. He’s long and fast, and doesn’t make mistakes when the ball is in the air. But (and it’s a big but) so far he’s shown zero ball skills, and zero physicality in run support. He’s a cover corner currently miscast as a special teamer (which is really only just saying “he’s our 5th CB”.)

    I guess I’m saying I’m concerned about losing Browner and Sherm, but not all that worried about the next man up.

  27. tatum064 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:33 AM

    geniusfan says:
    Dec 5, 2012 4:20 PM
    I like Browner he’ll be back for the playoff so he made the right choice here.

    As for Sherman what goes around comes around pal. Enjoy sitting out the postseason while your team is out there trying to advance.

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    To paraphrase a twist on Sherman’s line to Brady;

    “You glad bro?”

  28. tatum064 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:35 AM

    voltron217 says:
    Dec 5, 2012 6:21 PM
    When are cheaters going to start costing their teams games? How is it fair that a team who may have lost to a team with a cheater(s) watch a team their fighting a playoff spot play that same team later in the season minus that player due to a suspension!

    ====================

    Please see Patriots under Spygate.

  29. tatum064 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:38 AM

    ncjjdix says:
    Dec 5, 2012 6:13 PM
    Cheaters….. Should be 5-7. U know u lost to Green Bay right. And lucky win in Chicago. Bears win NFC north. Packers, redskins, and bucks will all have better record than Seahawks. With 2 cheaters on team….or more….. Should have to give up your wins.. But with cheater Pete Carroll running the show…not surprised…..

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    Sorry hater. They have a top 5 defense, a playmaking QB and a punishing RB. They absolutely punked the Patriots in Seattle.

    You know someone has nothing when they play the “cheater” card. Like Adderall gives a significant ability to make an entire opposing team throw a pick, fumble a ball or NOT BAT DOWN A PASS IN THE END ZONE.

    Im sick of that idiotic b.s. whining – the DB was supposed to bat it down, not pick it off.

    Sounds like some a$% hurt fans that are made the “national approved” teams arent dominating.

    Same story with the “they didnt beat us” card the Pack pulled on the Giants in the playoffs.

    This is a different season.

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