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Originally published January 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM | Page modified January 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM

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Brandon Browner returns to his spot in Seahawks secondary

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner returned from his four-game suspension and will play in Seattle's game at Washington on Sunday.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — For Brandon Browner, it wasn't hard to watch the Seahawks play during his four-game suspension.

"It was fun," he said, "because we were kicking everyone's butt."

Not all was fun, though.

Browner, speaking to reporters Thursday for the first time since his suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, accepted responsibility for actions that led to his suspension.

When asked why he dropped his appeal — unlike teammate Richard Sherman, who avoided a similar punishment last week after a successful appeal — Browner said: "Sometimes you make mistakes, and I was fortunate enough the guys continued to win."

Browner worked out on his own during the suspension because he wasn't allowed in the team practice's facility and tried to base his personal work on the Seahawks' regular routine.

"I was missing not playing with the guys," the cornerback said.

The feeling was mutual with his teammates.

"BB is a big part of the team, a big part of the defense, and now that we get him back, it even makes it better," said defensive back Marcus Trufant.

Added Sherman: "His presence, his physicality, will be a huge factor in this game, for sure."

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that the team will see how rusty Browner is after the month away. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Browner has been doing extra work in practice to help regain his sharpness.

So does Browner think he'll be ready for Sunday's playoff game at Washington?

"Most definitely," he said. "It starts in the head, mentally. I'm mentally tough. I know I'll be a little bit tired out there, but at the end of the day I'm fighting for a playoff victory, so I'll be all right."

This will be Browner's first playoff appearance after joining the Seahawks last year.

"Very exciting," he said. "That's what you play for — to get to the playoffs and eventually, hopefully, the Super Bowl."

Friendly wagers

King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III of Prince George's County in Maryland have made a wager on Sunday's game.

Constantine will attend the game as Baker's guest. The loser must wear the winning team's jersey during community events this month.

And as a part of a bet between mayors, the city of the losing team will have to fly the winning team's flag over city hall for a day.

Notes

• Seahawks fans are invited to send off the team at 2:30 p.m. Friday at S. 188th Street in SeaTac, near Valley Ridge Park.

• Rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane did not practice Thursday due to a knee injury. He had started the past three games with Browner suspended.

Michael Robinson said he has already received at least 25 ticket requests from friends and family for the game that will be so close to his hometown of Richmond, Va. "My mom, my brother, those people — they don't get a chance to actually see me play much, unless they come out here," he said. "So being close to home, everybody wants to come to the game."

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com

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