In the wake of the news about Walter Thurmond Sunday comes news in the last hour from NFL.com that Brandon Browner is also facing a suspension for using banned substances, believed to be marijuana. NFL.com changed its original story, which reported that the suspension for Browner was for performance enhancing drugs.
Here’s the NFL.com story.
ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter has reported that Browner will be suspended for a year, while ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Browner’s appeal has already been heard and that he has played his last game with the Seahawks.
Browner was already thought likely to be out for most of the rest of the regular season with a groin injury suffered in a win at Atlanta Nov. 10. Browner was still on the active roster, with the Seahawks apparently hoping he would recover in time for the playoffs. However, it’s thought he will be placed on injured reserve soon and will miss the rest of the season.
As the NFL.com story states, Browner is a free agent at the end of the season, and this news means he has likely played his last game with the Seahawks.
Browner was also suspended for the final four games of the 2012 regular season, which is why he would now be facing an eight-game suspension.
The NFL.com story states that the Seahawks will indeed sign veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was with Seattle from April until the final cutdown to the 53-man roster in August. However, Winfield has not yet signed, and the Seahawks are also thought to be looking seriously at signing Perrish Cox, who was cut earlier this month by the 49ers. Cox worked out last week and former Seahawk Marcus Trufant also had a work out with the Seahawks today. The team was reported to have “reached out” to Winfield, but multiple reports stated that it was unclear where things were headed with Winfield.
Thurmond was suspended on Sunday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, thought to be for using marijuana.
The Seahawks said they have no comment this afternoon with none of the moves having yet been made official by the team. The moves could become official Tuesday.
Coach Pete Carroll is expected to meet the media after practice on Tuesday.
Browner was one-fourth of the self-named Legion of Boom secondary that has led Seattle to a No. 2 ranking in the NFL in pass defense as it now prepares to face one of the best passing offenses next Monday night in the New Orleans Saints.
Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane will take on larger roles without Thurmond and Browner.
One of Browner’s fellow LOB members, Richard Sherman, has come to Browner’s defense on Twitter:
He without sin shall cast the 1st stone…. Some ppl usually forget
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 26, 2013