The Seahawks are coming into the final stretch of the 2013 season and the Seattle Seahawks are considered to be one of the few heavily favored teams to bring home the Lombardi Trophy this season. Yet, week 12 of the 2013 season is eerily similar to week 12 of the 2012 season as the Seahawks have been dealt a couple of huge suspension late in the season again.
On Sunday it was reported that Walter Thurmond has dropped his appeal and will begin serving a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL Policy for Substance Abuse. This was a non- Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) suspension but will carry a 4 game suspension which Thurmond will begin serving in week 13 and Walter will be eligible to return to the Seahawks in week 17 and be eligible for the 2013 Playoffs.
On Monday evening it was reported that the Seahawks injured corner Brandon Browner will be suspended for 1 year for his second violation of the NFL league substance abuse policy. Browner has appealed his suspension but at this point all signs are pointing to the suspension standing. Browner has already been on the sidelines with a serious groin injury may have played his last game as a Seahawk due to his expiring contract.
It was week 12 last year when the story broke that Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman would both face a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL League Substance Abuse Policy. Brandon Browner originally appealed but dropped his appeal and served his suspension and returned for the 2012 Playoffs. Sherman on the other hand appealed his suspension and won and was not required to miss any playing time.
Week 12 has not been a kind week to the Seattle Seahawks the last two years although if you are looking for any type of bright spot to the situation, the Seahawks did not lose again in 2012 as they started their dominant run to the Playoffs. The Seahawks are hoping that they can have that kind of run in 2013 as they push for a deep run into January and February.