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November 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

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Report: Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman appealing suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs

Seahawks CBs facing suspensions
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner face suspension
By Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com

Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are two of the most important players on the Seahawks' defense. They are also facing four-game suspensions under the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to a report from ESPN.

An NFL spokesman said the policy is not to comment on reports of this nature. The report came after the Seahawks had left Miami stadium to return to Seattle so no team officials were available for commment.

According to ESPN, Browner and Sherman are appealing the suspensions with a hearing coming as soon as this week. A message to Browner's agent was not immediately returned.

I interviewed both Sherman and Browner after Sunday's game. Neither gave any indication of league discipline that might be looming.

Seattle rookie safety Winston Guy was suspended for four games, the league announced last Monday, November 19.

Update, 9:18 p.m.: NFL.com, which is owned by the league, later corroborated the looming suspensions and reported the substance in question was Adderall, a prescription stimulant that can be used to treat attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD). While not a steroid, it is among the league's banned substances though players can seek and receive an exemption with prior permission from a doctor.


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