Before Thursday’s practice, Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner spoke with reporters for the first time since returning from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Browner, 28, decided to drop an appeal of the suspension, unlike teammate Richard Sherman, who had his punishment overturned last week.
Asked why he dropped the appeal, Browner said: “It was about that time. Sometimes you make mistakes, and I was fortunate enough the guys continued to win.”
The 6-foot-4 cornerback said he confided in himself as he worked out locally on his own — he wasn’t allowed at the team practice’s facility during the suspension — but then decided to continue his workouts back home in California. Browner tried to base his personal work on the Seahawks’ routine (e.g. running three days a week).
So was it hard to watch his team play on TV without him?
“It wasn’t hard at all,” Browner said. “I know I had the suspension, but it wasn’t hard at all. It was fun to watch the guys win the way they did.”
“It was fun because we were kicking everyone’s butt. I was missing not playing with the guys, but it was awesome to watch from that perspective, you know what I mean? The progression of our quarterback is awesome. He’s playing like one of the elite quarterbacks and our defense is playing lights out. They’re playing like when I left.”
Browner returned to practice Wednesday, which he called “really exciting.”
But will he be ready to play Sunday after a month off? Coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday that the team will be looking to see how rusty he is after the layoff.
“Most definitely. Most definitely,” Browner said. “It starts in the head, mentally. I’m mentally tough. I know I’ll be a little bit tired out there, but at the end of the day I’m fighting for a playoff victory, so I’ll be all right.”
This will be Browner’s first playoff appearance after joining the team last year.
“Very exciting,” he said. “That’s what you play for — to get to the playoffs and eventually, hopefully, the Super Bowl.”