Browner files second appeal
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL this week, has filed a second appeal. And Browner might pursue a lawsuit in an attempt to clear his name, his agent says.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON – Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has filed a second appeal after being suspended indefinitely earlier this week for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, also confirmed to The Seattle Times that he will pursue other legal action, including a possible lawsuit, in an attempt to clear Browner’s name.
Browner was suspended after testing positive for using non-performance enhancing drugs, said to be marijuana. The NFL initially proposed a one-year suspension after concluding that Browner was a Stage 3 offender of its drug program, having failed a test while playing with Denver in 2005 and 2006. Browner appealed, saying he didn’t know he was supposed to submit to tests while playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007 through 2010. The NFL was reported to have offered an eight-game suspension, which Browner turned down.
Schaffer said he did not know when the second appeal might be heard. When asked if there was a chance it could be resolved in time for Browner to be eligible to play this season, he said “I hope so.”
Regardless of the appeal, Schaffer said a lawsuit might be pursued, telling the Times “there are a litany of legal issues that are involved.’’ Among those, he said, are “fundamental unfairness,’’ as well as whether the NFL had the right to ask Browner to submit to the tests when Browner was unemployed. Also, Schaffer cited breach of confidentially. The league’s website, NFL.com, has broken several stories on Browner’s situation, including the news of Wednesday’s indefinite suspension.
• Seattle filled the spot on the active roster created with the Browner suspension by promoting receiver Bryan Walters from the practice squad. Walters, a graduate of Juanita High, was on the active roster earlier this season.
• Seattle’s injury report for Thursday included two new names, cornerback Jeremy Lane and guard J.R. Sweezy — both listed as not participating. Lane was listed as having an ankle injury and Sweezy a concussion. Neither was listed on Wednesday’s injury report, indicating that the injuries may have happened during practice this week. Given the NFL’s concussion protocol, that could put Sweezy at risk of not playing Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.