The Seattle Seahawks' vaunted secondary that serves as the backbone for the NFL's current No. 2 pass defense will be thinning out.
After a failed appeal, the Seahawks confirmed via Twitter that Brandon Browner is suspended indefinitely for a substance-abuse violation:
Statement by an @nfl Spokesperson: Brandon Browner of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating...(1/2)— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 19, 2013
(2/2)...the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Browner’s suspension begins immediately.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 19, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 19
Peter Schaffer, Brandon Browner's agent, had a very pointed statement regarding his client's suspension (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
“We will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies,” Schaffer told PFT by phone. “If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league.”
Browner contends that his suspension resulted from his placement in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program due to tests he missed while not in the NFL from 2006 to 2011. He had missed enough tests to trigger an indefinite suspension before returning to the league, but he nevertheless was permitted to sign with the Seahawks. The league thereafter placed Browner in Stage Three of the program.