Nov 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (39) drops a would be interception intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Déjà vu

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.


Tags: Brandon Browner NFL Seahawks Seattle Seahawks Suspension Walter Thurmond

  • skeletony

    Before anyone jumps in making PED jokes or criticisms, Browner is in trouble for smoking pot, not taking PEDs.

    • Micah Nelson

      I did see that, but until anything was official I didn’t want to mention either way.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    it’s legal in Seattle and Colorado!!! lol, time for the NFL to have their business licenses suspended in the 2 legal states and 20 something other medically legal states until they enact a policy change…..STATES RIGHTS!!!! Sue Their A$$e$!!!!


    • Micah Nelson

      I completely see your point, but that is not what we are talking about. This is about doing the right thing because you signed on the dotted line that you would abide by rules. Most people, myself included agree with most that smoking weed is not nearly as bad for you as drinking alcohol but again that is not the point. This is about doing the right thing and caring more about what the other 52 players are putting their time and effort into.
      Although it is an interesting thought that if it is legal in the state why is it illegal to use it. But again you have to think about that contract and doing what is right and will keep you on the field. I am by no means a moralist but if you aren’t allowed to smoke weed why do it, RULES…

      • skeletony

        I see your point as well and to an extent I agree with you, in that they signed a contract in which they agreed to be paid a lot of money if they abstained from smoking pot and yet they smoked. My only problem here is that they should NOT be be testing for marijuana use at all in the NFL. The prohibition laws against pot are rapidly headed toward oblivion and pot does not in any way enhance performance. So if they can’t or won’t test for alcohol use, as dangerous and harmful as that drug is, then they should not be doing so for marijuana.

        • ricefield

          Skeletony, this isn’t about what should be, it is about what is. The rule is no Pot. For both of these guys this isn’t the first time that they were caught. The reason they are being suspended is that they were caught a second time for Thurmond and third time for Browner. That is very stupid to me, especially for Browner. His next contract could have been his one big contract. At age 30 he is on down side. Thurmond will probably get a shorter worth less. Nobody wants a player that could be lost for a half season or a full season due to drugs. They have put the

          • ricefield

            They have put the Hawks season in jeopardy with their selfishness.

          • skeletony

            Doesn’t change the fact that the NFL’s rules are stupid and unjust in this regard.

          • skeletony

            Browner was only busted twice, not three times. This is the reason he may not serve any suspension time at all. When he went to Canada and was no longer an NFL employee they charged him with missing drug tests when he was not even in the country, let alone employed by the NFL. Kind of an aside of course but I felt this needed correcting.
            Other than that you seem to be agreeing with me and saying what I already said above (that we can fairly level the criticism at them for signing a contract then smoking pot anyway), except that you do not think the unfair way the NFL treats Marijuana vs. alcohol is important. I disagree very strongly.

            Of course it was stupid for Browner to do this, especially at nearly 30 years old and seeking a new contract. I am not sure why you are telling ME this?!