Seahawks’ Browner Gets Four-Game Ban for NFL Drug Violation

Cornerback Brandon Browner is banned from the Seattle Seahawks’ final four regular-season games for violating the National Football League’s policy on performance- enhancing drugs.

Browner’s suspension begins immediately, the NFL said yesterday in a statement, and he’ll miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams as the Seahawks (7-5) pursue a playoff berth. Browner, 28, would be eligible to return for the postseason.

Browner had six interceptions for the Seahawks last season in making the Pro Bowl. His three interceptions this season are second on the team to cornerback Richard Sherman, who ESPN reported also tested positive for a banned substance and has an appeal hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.

Browner had appealed his suspension after ESPN reported last month that he tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall, a stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Sherman also tested positive for Adderall, ESPN said on Nov. 26 without citing the source of its information.

The Seahawks’ defense has allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards among the NFL’s 32 teams this season. With Browner beginning his suspension this week, the Seahawks won’t be without their two top cornerbacks for the same four games if Sherman is also disciplined.

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