Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely

AP

The Seahawks’ outstanding secondary has lost one of its more accomplished performers.

Cornerback Brandon Browner, who has started 36 regular-season games in the last three seasons for NFC West-leading Seattle, has been suspended for an indefinite period for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.  The league announced the suspension on Wednesday.

The Seahawks confirmed Browner’s ban, which begins immediately, according to the club.

Under league rules, a violation of the substance-abuse policy by a player in Stage Three technically results in a banishment.  The player has the ability to apply for reinstatement after one year.

Browner’s suspension primarily stemmed from missed drug tests when out of the NFL. Browner claimed not to have been told of the league-required tests.

With Browner now appearing to be out of the mix for the foreseeable future, Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond are among Seattle’s top options to fill the cornerback spot opposite of Richard Sherman. Maxwell, a third-year pro from Clemson, has started the last three games and has made a positive impression.