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Seahawks’ Sherman, Browner Facing Four-Game Drug Bans, ESPN Says

November 26, 2012

Cornerback Brandon Browner of the Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback Brandon Browner of the Seattle Seahawks. Photographer: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Seattle Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face four-game suspensions for violating the National Football League’s performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN reported.

Both players tested positive for undisclosed banned substances and have filed appeals that may be heard as early as this week, ESPN said, citing unidentified people in the league.

The Seahawks released a statement that they “are aware” of the report, ESPN said. An e-mail seeking comment from Dave Pearson, a spokesman for the team, wasn’t immediately returned. Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL, declined to comment on the report in an e-mail.

Sherman, a 24-year-old second-year player out of Stanford University, leads the Seahawks with four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He had three tackles yesterday in a 24-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

“This issue will be resolved soon and the truth will come out. Not worried,” Sherman said in a Twitter post last night.

Browner, 28, has three interceptions and two forced fumbles this season for the Seahawks, who at 6-5 trail the San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) in the National Football Conference West Division. After playing at Oregon State University, Browner had six interceptions, scoring twice, as an NFL rookie in 2011.

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