About a month ago, ESPN reported that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was likely going to be suspended for an entire season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Today came word that Browner’s suspension would not be reduced and that his suspension is effective immediately. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Browner has been suspended indefinitely and is eligible to file reinstatement papers one year from today.
#Seahawks CB Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, per source.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 18, 2013
This means that Browner’s season with the Seahawks is over and he will not be eligible to return to the team for the postseason this year. Browner can’t play another down of football until the 2014 season and even if someone signs him he cannot play until Week 16. We knew the Browner suspension was coming but now that it has been put into effect, as they say in Bad Boys, things just got real for the Seattle cornerback.
It’s a serious situation not only because Browner needs to keep his nose clean for a year to even be considered for reinstatement, but he’ll be in his thirties when he returns and likely won’t be returning to Seattle. This is a critical time in the football career of Brandon Browner but he must first correct his life outside the game before he can think about playing again.