Browner can apply for reinstatement after a year


Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner reportedly was facing a one-year suspension for violation of the substance-abuse policy.  Some have interpreted Browner’s indefinite suspension as something worse than that.

It’s not.

The substance-abuse policy doesn’t impose one-year suspensions.  For players who violate the policy while in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program, the penalty becomes an indefinite banishment.  The banished player has the ability to apply for reinstatement after a year.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s exactly what happened with Browner.  He is suspended indefinitely, and he can reapply after a year.

That said, he plans to continue his fight.  If Browner doesn’t succeed, he’ll be eligible to apply for reinstatement on December 18, 2014.