A confusing series of conflicting reports Monday by the NFL Network indicated that Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was facing a one-year suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
As the evening progressed it became clearer that Browner, whom the club expected out until December with a groin injury, may never wear a Seahawks uniform again.
NFL.com insider Mike Silver initially reported that Browner was fighting a PED suspension.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 25, 2013
After the news rocked Twitter, Silver’s tweet was cited as the basis for an aggregated story from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal.
Then Silver backtracked. Sort of.
I am amending my report on the impending Brandon Browner suspension to reflect that it is for a violation of NFL’s substance abuse policy.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 26, 2013
By all accounts, including his own, it appears that Silver screwed up when he reported that Browner was appealing a suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy for the second time in as many seasons. The distinction between violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and PED policy is important, though it’s unclear whether it might influence the number of games Browner misses.
ESPN.com insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen confirmed Silver’s error when both tweeted this.
Seahawks CB Brandon Browner is facing a one-year suspension from NFL for violating substance-abuse policy, per NFL sources. He has appealed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 26, 2013
Then the news worsened for a 10-1 Seahawks team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. If Mortensen is correct (and unlike Silver there is no reason to believe he isn’t), then Browner’s time in Seattle is likely finished.
Browner appeal for substance abuse policy already has been heard. Means he won’t play again for Seahawks. Also a free agent in March
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 26, 2013
Mortensen and Schefter followed up their tweets with this video segment prior to Monday Night Football explaining how Seattle’s latest perpetrator of the league’s clearly defined NFL-drug policy was in the midst of an appeal.
Per multiple reports, the league Sunday will suspend for four games fellow Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Thurmond is expected to drop his appeal so he can return before the playoffs.
Critics hardly had time to change the “Seadderall Seahawks” nickname to the “The Legion of Bong” before news of Browner’s infraction went viral.
Browner Monday used his verified Twitter account to deny Silver’s report.
I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this…
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) November 25, 2013
The takeaway: Seattle’s secondary is another injury or toke away from being painfully thin, if it isn’t there already.
The News Tribune reported late Monday that the club brought in for a tryout former Seahawk Marcus Trufant. The WSU alum, 32, was cut by the Jaguars in training camp but had a successful 10 years in Seattle before he and the Seahawks parted ways after the 2012 season.
Meanwhile, multiple reports indicated that the Seahawks reached out to cornerback Antoine Winfield, whom the team cut in training camp. Carroll strongly hinted at the possibility Monday during his weekly spot on 710 ESPN’s Brock and Danny.