ESPN Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is facing a one-year suspension from the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Browner, who has already had his appeal hearing on the matter, missed the final four games of last season for violating the league’s PED policy. It was reported Sunday by ESPN sources and an NFL.com report that Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond III is facing 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.
This is the most under-reported story in football, the Seattle Seahawks much heralded secondary, “The Legion Of Boom” is the dirtiest unit in football when it comes to banned substance use.
Late last season, the units best cornerback Richard Sherman won an appeal of a for game suspension for violating the league’s league’s performance enhancing drug policy, due to a technicality. Fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended for four games in 2012 for violating the league’s banned substance policy, and he now faces a year ban following his second violation. The third cornerback on Seattle Seahawks depth chart, Walter Thurmond III would have stepped in for the suspended Browner, but Thurmond was also suspended for four games for testing positive for a banned substance.
If these suspensions stick, the Seattle Seahawks strongest unit could be very thin down the stretch of the 2013 season, and they will miss Browner during their playoff run. The Seahawks defensive backs consistently claim that they failed these tests for adderall, however the NFL does not disclose the substance that players failed the test for, and these players (and their agents) likely will claim that the substance that they were taking is adderall because it makes their player sound better than street or performance enhancing drugs.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who has never been accused of running a clean program dating back to his days at USC, needs to address this problem immediately, because if these issues continue to arise the first person who will have to answer questions is the head coach.