As if the sting of losing on the road to the Miami Dolphins wasn't enough to put a damper on the conclusion of their Thanksgiving weekend, news has now surfaced that could start the new week off for the Seattle Seahawks with a devastating blow to their defense.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will both be suspended for four games for violating the National Football League's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Filed to ESPN: Seattle CBs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing 4-game suspensions for violating performance enhancing drug policy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2012
It was later reported by USA Today's Mike Garafolo that Sherman and Browner tested positive for Adderall, a drug given to patients with Attention Deficit Disorder that also led to four-game suspensions for Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns and Aqib Talib of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.
Btw, not that this will shock anybody, but I'm told it was Adderall for Sherman and Browner.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 25, 2012
Schefter went on to state that both Sherman and Browner have proclaimed their innocence and will appeal the suspensions. Though not only are their odds of ducking those suspensions slim, but they are an absolutely crushing blow to Seattle's playoff chances, especially coming off the loss.
Both Sherman and Browner are big, physical cornerbacks. Not only are they the best players on the team at the position, but also two of the cornerstones of the Seattle defense.
A great deal of what the Seahawks do defensively, especially where blitzing is concerned, is predicated on the ability of their starting corners to not only force opposing wide receivers out of their routes off the line of scrimmage but also hold their own in coverage without help.
Now the team is looking at being down two of their most important defensive players for four of the their past five games, although depending on how quickly the appeals are heard it's possible that the Seahawks will have the duo for this week's matchup at Chicago.
If there's a silver lining, it's that three of the team's last four games are at home, but with a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers looming and precious little margin for error, a four-game vacation for Sherman and Browner likely means that Seattle will be taking one when the postseason starts as well.