Just when the Seattle Seahawks looked to be among the strongest teams in the NFL, the team has been hit with potential distractions with the prospects of multiple suspensions.
One of the team’s defensive stalwarts, cornerback Brandon Browner, faces a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, league sources told ESPN.
Browner, who has already had his appeal hearing on the matter, missed the final four games of last season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
It was reported Sunday by ESPN sources and an NFL.com report that Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond III faces a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Thurmond is expected to drop an appeal of his suspension in order to return for the playoffs.
Browner is currently recovering from a groin injury and was not expected to be available until mid-December, coach Pete Carroll said last week.