Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely, career in jeopardy

Brandon Browner, in his third year with the Seahawks, has been suspended indefinitely after his appeal was denied on Wednesday, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The suspension is the second in two seasons for the corner back. Last season, he missed four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to FOXSports.com.

On Wednesday, Browner lost his appeal and will now have to serve the one-year suspension he has been fighting for nearly a month.

Following the announcement of his suspension, Browner made this statement on Twitter:

I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years. I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12′s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father and person I am today. I have been treated with class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful. Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my actions and I apologize for anything that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me. Go Hawks!!!

Browner hasn’t played since Week 10 as he has been sidelined with a groin injury.

In his three-year career with the Seahawks, Browner has registered 117 tackles and 10 interceptions in 36 games.

Browner can apply for reinstatement after a year, but his career with the Seahawks will likely be over as Seattle has other talented covers that can take his place.

Byron Maxwell, who had two interceptions on Sunday against the Giants, has “kept opposing quarterbacks to a 45.0 passer rating, the best mark among all of Seattle’s cornerbacks this season”, via Audibles on SI.com.

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  • Hawkman54

    SUE! The NFL has gone to far this time – I hope he can afford to sue their ass to high heaven – there is no way in hell he should be penalized for not taking tests when he was in the CFL , I don’t care what the NFL says!!!!

    • Tony L. Castleberry

      Exactly! And I, though I have defended Browner as a solid CB when others try to write him off as a poor one, do not think he should be a CB for Seattle any longer as they have better options in Thurmond, Maxwell and possibly Lane. But Browner should sue them heavily to prevent this sort of butt-hurt egotism from the NFL in the future. The only reason they did this was because Browner did not accept their offer of reduction to 8 games.

  • Calibandawg

    What a classy statement. By the way Mr. Quesada. Last year’s suspension was for PEDs, not pot, and should not have been considered in this suspension. Obviously it was. Brandon clearly has an issue with drugs, too bad the NFL couldn’t take the high road and offer a helping hand rather than the nuclear option. Hindsight is 20-20 but clearly he should have taken the offer the NFL gave him previously. Hope he can make it back.

    • Tony L. Castleberry

      No he should not have taken that offer. He is over 30 years of age and the suspension was wrong. He should get a team of lawyers and take them to court and see how brave they are with this bull$#*t then.

  • Sock Hawk

    Bye Bye Browner…liked you…loved you as a player…the only thing that matter’s right now is the “W” for the next game….everything else is a distraction or entertainment. Re-apply when you’re cleared or come back after the suspension. Nothing else matters.

  • Sock Hawk

    Unfortunately, there is no sanity or justice when it comes to drugs or alcohol or in this case…personal accusations. I regret to inform you that the only thing that matters for the team or the fans is a “W” for the next game. I wish we had time to stop and deal with these issues but aside from the next win, ..these are mere distractions from the Seahawk’s larger goals….let’s win the big one and sort out the details later.