By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
As expected, Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The Seahawks officially made the announcement Wednesday evening. However, according to ProFootballTalk, Browner’s agent Peter Schaffer stated if the suspension sticks, they will sue the league.
“We will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies. If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league,” said Schaffer.
Browner was suspended for the team’s final four contests last season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Browner is big, physical corner standing 6-4, 221-pounds who poses his will on receivers. He established himself as one of the best defensive backs in the NFL after spending four seasons in the CFL, where he was a three-time CFL All-Star and a Grey Cup champion.
Joined by Sherman Williams, probably the top corner in the league, Browner help to form the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.
Browner was already out of the lineup due to a groin injury he sustained in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, and the Seahawks re-signed veteran corner Perrish Cox after releasing late last month to add depth.
Cornerback Walter Thurmond returns after Week 16 for serving his four-game suspension due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Backups Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell has filled in nicely for Browner and Thurmond in their absence.
The Pro Bowl corner has filed an appeal while nursing his injury, but was denied. Browner had 19 tackles, 10 passes defenced and an interception this season and he released this statement via Twitter.
“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years. I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s (fans) for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful.
“Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!”
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