On Monday afternoon, a report surfaced from Mike Silver of the NFL Network that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was once again facing a PED-related suspension from the league. Since the initial reports, plenty of others have come forward to confirm Browner is facing a one-year suspension, but he isn’t convinced.
In fact, Browner took to social media to deny that he is facing a one-year PED-related suspension.
I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this…
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) November 25, 2013
Browner missed the final four games of last season for a PED-related suspension, so his next suspension under the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy would have landed him an eight-game suspension.
As it turns out, there seems to be growing evidence that Browner is facing a one-year ban, but he is right that it is not PED-related.
Instead, it appears that the latest suspension for a Seahawks cornerback is for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, not performance-enhancing drug policy. Currently, Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond III is also facing a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.
Much like last season, the suspensions are piling on the Seahawks secondary, along with injuries. It is good that they have a deep group, but their depth is about to be serious challenged.