Convinced of his innocence — or inspired to avoid missing the Seahawks’ stretch run — cornerback Richard Sherman will ask his attorney to file a motion that could delay his appeal scheduled for Friday, ESPN.com reported Sunday.
The Seahawks played Sunday against Arizona without cornerback Brandon Browner, who abandoned Monday his appeal and served the first of his four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant, reportedly Adderall. He can return to the Seahawks in time for any playoff game.
Because of his appeal of a similar charge, Sherman played Sunday and would be eligible for next Sunday’s game vs. Buffalo in Toronto, because the NFL usually notifies teams on Monday to provide a full week for the team to adjust.
Sherman’s agent said recently that, speaking generally, appeals can be delayed by requests for additional evidence or attendance by expert witnesses. Obviously it is in Sherman’s and the team’s best interest to push the appeal date into January and serve any suspension at the beginning of the 2013 regular season. But the team supposedly has no standing in the drug-policy process, which is between the league an players union.