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Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely


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.

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29 Responses to “Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely”
  1. blazenhawks says: Dec 18, 2013 7:26 PM

    Maxwell has done just as good if not better in his replacement.. I’m not worried.. Browner was gone next year anyway

  2. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? says: Dec 18, 2013 7:27 PM

    I don’t even know what to say………

  3. beavertonsteve says: Dec 18, 2013 7:28 PM

    Didn’t he turn down an compromise of an 8 game suspension that he could have started weeks ago?

  4. stealthjunk says: Dec 18, 2013 7:29 PM

    The Legion of Doomed

  5. Dream_Machine says: Dec 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    Next Man Up!

  6. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    Not really a loss. Byron Maxwell, and Jeremy Lane have played really well plus Thurmond is set to come back next week. It’s just a testament to the depth that the Seahawks have.

  7. @HowdyDoobie says: Dec 18, 2013 7:31 PM

    Better off at that spot without him. Maxwell and Thurmond are just as good if not better options. They have the speed to keep up.

  8. farvite says: Dec 18, 2013 7:31 PM


  9. starman2112 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:31 PM


  10. blingslade says: Dec 18, 2013 7:32 PM

    From what I know Browner is suspended for one year, starting today.

  11. kkalama1 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:33 PM

    Hard hitting db but the hawks will be fine without him. He screwed up his chances with Seattle. We will miss the hits he gives out, like on Wes Welker & the way he man handled Greg Jennings, but his loss I guess. Seattle will be waiting for the trolls to comment now

  12. ketch20too says: Dec 18, 2013 7:35 PM

    Selfish, immature players who know they are going to be tested and do drugs anyway have no excuses for being that stupid and deserve no sympathy. Browner likely has played his last game as a Seahawk

  13. meatcarroll says: Dec 18, 2013 7:35 PM

    Browner’s a good player but clearly the least important member of that secondary. Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell both stepped in and performed just as well, if not better than him. Thurmond had a pick-6 and Maxwell has 3 INTs in 2 games. Seahawks’ backups are better than many teams’ starters.

  14. meatcarroll says: Dec 18, 2013 7:38 PM

    It’s absurd that players not even active in the league who are in the CFL are still subject to mandatory drug testing by the NFL if they want to return. The NFLPA did such a terrible job negotiating the CBA.

  15. madcapdawgfan says: Dec 18, 2013 7:39 PM

    I bet he’s mad bro.

  16. bige1977 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:49 PM

    Maxwell seems like he has it under control

  17. mylionsroaring says: Dec 18, 2013 7:56 PM

    This NFL has become the NO FUN LEAGUE for everyone including fans

  18. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 18, 2013 8:10 PM

    On what grounds does the NFL have to suspend him indefinitely? This sounds like another power play by the League.

  19. drock36 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:13 PM

    Can you say, ‘lawsuit?’ The NFL will look silly when this done

  20. ripster65 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    He’s only played in 8 games this season anyway. Seattle seems to be doing just fine without him.

  21. ohiobears says: Dec 18, 2013 8:15 PM

    The Legion of Juice

  22. billycarp says: Dec 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    The Seahawks were on their way to the Super Bowl…but they got high!

  23. fafaflunky says: Dec 18, 2013 8:34 PM

    How is lynch still playing, Wasnt he caught for a dui?

  24. seatownballers says: Dec 18, 2013 9:06 PM

    Here comes the lawsuit

  25. phinfan says: Dec 18, 2013 9:17 PM

    Just Blackmon and Josh Gordon… you guys listen up cause you could be next!!!!

  26. beastmode5150 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:41 PM

    Browner in 2013: 254 coverage snaps, 20 catches, 240 yards, 1 pick, 2 TD. Maxwell: 243 snaps, 20 catches, 222 yards, 1 TD, 3 picks.

    Next man up has worked out just fine again. Depth.

  27. alvarezbig says: Dec 18, 2013 10:08 PM

    BTW Maxwell looks funny with his sleeves

  28. vikingdoode says: Dec 18, 2013 11:20 PM

    Legion of Dopers

  29. omeimontis says: Dec 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    He wants to play hardball, just like A-Rod is doing with major league baseball. The problem is that baseball has a stronger player’s union and A-Rod has a lot more money to spend on lawyers. A-Rod may not win his battle either. Browner appears to have listened to some bad advice.

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