Browner reportedly banned for a year — and then it really gets messy
NOV 26, 2013 7:12a ET
NFL.com originally reported the suspension on Monday morning, saying it was for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Browner was suspended the final four games of last season for a violation of the PED policy.
As word of the report began to spread Monday, Browner fired back.
I'm not facing suspension for PEDs, it's sad that the NFL is reporting this...— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) November 25, 2013
FOX NFL Insider Mike Garafolo did a little digging and the details became clearer — a little.
Garafolo confirmed Browner is facing a one-year suspension.
But Browner's people said the suspension is not related to PEDs.
Browner's agent. RT @peterjschaffer: Brandon Browner isn't facing a suspension for PED's the report is 100% wrong.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 26, 2013
As others, including Brandon Browner himself tweeted, no PED suspension for Browner. No word on whether it's a suspension of another variety— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 26, 2013
Later in the day, NFL.com reporter Michael Silver said that indeed the suspension is related to a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, not the PED policy.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the suspension is related to a violation of the substance-abuse policy, and said Browner has appealed.
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
So at this point, what exactly is known?
The Seahawks are already in trouble, as cornerback Walter Thurmond III was reportedly just suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. And Browner was already nursing a groin injury. So the top team in the NFC is suddenly thin in the secondary.
And according to the man who is credited with breaking the Browner story, the Seahawks are not anticipating a good outcome in this:
If you're a Seahawks fan, the important thing to know is this: The team is moving on without Browner.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 26, 2013
The Seahawks' mindset is that Browner, whose contract expires after the season, has played his last game in a Seattle uniform.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 26, 2013