ESPN’s Adem Schefter is reporting (and have been confirmed by multiple sources) that both of the starting CBs for the Seattle Seahawks are about to be suspended 4 game violating the leagues performance enhancing drugs policy. They’ve both filed appeals, and they will be heard early this week. Appeals in cases like this are almost never successful. It has not been released what substance they are being suspended for.
Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (39) during the game against the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Sherman and Browner are the 3rd Seahawks defensive backs to be suspended for PEDs in the last 6 days. S Winston Guy was also suspended.
If these suspensions are not overturned, then the Seahawk’s season is essentially over. The team’s CB’s are the strength of this defense, and they allow the rest of the defense to do what it does. Without them, this is not a particularly good unit in any way.
I expect to see Jeremy Lane to get a chance to start, since he can play the physical style that the starters like to play. He’s very raw, but he has a lot of potential. The other CB will likely be Marcus Trufant, with Walter Thurmond taking over as the nickel CB. I also expect to see much more of the “Bandit” formation (three safeties) instead of a traditional nickel.
Update: I’m getting word that the suspension is for Adderall, and ADHD stimulant.
This is the same thing that John Moffitt was suspended for last season. He had a legal prescription but did not file it with the league office properly.