Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner will begin his four-game suspension this week as the team readies for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report Wednesday evening from ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
This means that the Seahawks will be without Browner for the remainder of the regular season. The team has on its remaining schedule the Cardinals on Sunday, and then the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. Browner was not at practice on Wednesday and won't be eligible to return to the team or its facilities this season unless Seattle makes the playoffs.
Browner had decided against appealing a positive drug test, reportedly for Adderall. Richard Sherman, the Seahawks' other starting cornerback, will move forward with the appeal of his own positive drug test, which is also reportedly for the performance enhancing drug, Adderall. If Sherman loses the appeal, he will be suspended for the final two games of the regular season and then, if applicable, the first two games of the playoffs. Per NFL policy, any player who is suspended for violating the league's PED policy is also ineligible for the Pro Bowl.
On the season, Browner recorded 44 tackles and three interceptions. The news of his suspension is nothing new for the team; Browner joins John Moffit, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and possibly Sherman as other Seahawks who have been suspended for violating the PED policy in the past year. With a 7-5 record, the Seahawks are second only to the Niners for the top spot in the NFC West.