By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks may have temporarily lost two of their best defenders after losing in disappointing fashion to the Dolphins Sunday.
Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
According to Schefter, Browner and Sherman are insisting innocence and appealing their suspensions, and those appeals could he heard as early as this week.
Schefter broke the news on Twitter hours after Seattle lost 24-21 to Miami on a last-second field goal. Sherman did not mention the suspension during a postgame interview with Jen Mueller, nor was he asked about it.
Browner and Sherman have built reputations as two of the NFL’s better cornerbacks. Browner played in the Pro Bowl last season as an alternate. Sherman has arguably played at a Pro Bowl level this season.
The report of their suspensions comes while rookie safety Winston Guy is serving a four-game ban, also for violating the league’s PED policy. Walter Thurmond would likely start at one cornerback spot if the suspensions to Browner and Sherman are upheld, though Thurmond has not been active for a game since returning from the Physically Unable to Perform list.