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March 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Browner suspended first four games of 2014

This afternoon came the complete details on the reinstatement of Brandon Browner.

And as revealed in a joint statement from the NFL and the NFLPA, Browner will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season and will have to comply by the rules of the league’s substance abuse policy to return to the field.

Here is the text of the statement:

The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to conditionally reinstate Brandon Browner from his indefinite suspension under the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.  Browner was suspended without pay for the Seattle Seahawks’ final five games of the 2013 season, including the playoffs. His contract with the Seahawks expires at the end of the 2013 League Year on March 11. He will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities.  Should he comply with the terms of the Substance Abuse Policy and Program, he will be fully reinstated after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the 2014 regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay.

So this isn’t quite the complete win that some portrayed it as yesterday. But this does allow Browner to sign with a team this year with everyone understanding when he will be available, while also allowing him to practice immediately, which was critical for Browner as he now tries to find a new team for the 2014 season.

And while the statement reads that Browner will not receive playoff money, it has been reported previously that he will get paid.
 

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