Tuesday brought news of cornerback Brandon Browner’s reinstatement by the league after he served more than two months of a one-year suspension handed down late last year.
That reinstatement came after Browner’s attorney said his client would be suing the league in federal court to challenge the length of the suspension, but a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN indicates that Browner didn’t get off with no strings attached. Schefter reports that Browner will be suspended “for some length of time” at the start of the 2014 season as part of the agreement to reinstate him.
Browner’s challenge to the suspension was centered on the fact that the violations putting him in Stage 3 of the league’s drug program occurred when he was playing in the CFL. It would seem to make sense that any coming suspension would be of the four-game variety faced by players in Stage 2 of the program.
Browner will be trying to sell himself to teams when free agency opens next week and anyone interested in signing him will certainly want to know when he’ll be available to get on the field in the regular season. He will be able to participate in offseason work, training camp and the preseason with a new team if suspended for the start of the season, however.