Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, but they are appealing the decision.
Both Sherman and Browner, who play starting cornerbacks for the team, tested positive for Adderall and are appealing their suspensions, insisting they are innocent, according to sources. The appeal could be heard as early as this week.
Upon the team’s return to Seattle, the Seahawks released a statement saying they “are aware” of the report.
The absence of both Sherman and Browner would be a huge blow to the Seahawks (6-5), who dropped a 24-21 decision Sunday to the Miami Dolphins in Miami but still are competing for a playoff spot in the NFC.
Sherman took to Twitter to defend himself, tweeting via his verified account, “This is issue will be resolved soon and the truth will come out. Not worried.”
If the suspensions are upheld, Seattle would have to lean on veteran Marcus Trufant to replace Sherman at left cornerback and Walter Thurmond to replace Browner at right cornerback.
Seattle is locked in a race with Tampa Bay (6-5) for an NFC wild-card spot. The Buccaneers have had two starting cornerbacks (Eric Wright and Aqib Talib, who later was traded to New England) suspended for four games for using Adderall.
The 6-foot-3 Sherman leads the Seahawks with four interceptions this season while the 6-4 Browner, a Pro Bowler in 2011, has three interceptions.