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Seahawks Db’s Sherman, Browner, facing NFL suspensions for PED use

Seattle secondary about to get hit

It was announced over the weekend that Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are facing duel four-game suspensions for possible PED use.

Both players have denied any wrong doing, and are awaiting a date for their hearings.

The drug in question has been reported as Adderall, which is often prescribed to children suffering from ADD or ADHD. The drug enhances the ability to focus and raise performance.

Adderall continues to be a problem in the NFL, with several players having tested positive over the last couple of seasons. Three others have already served their four game suspensions this season for use of the drug.

While both players have filed appeals, the suspensions could be a huge hit to the Seahawks.

Seattle’s defense has dominated all season long, and a lot of that is due to their physical secondary. Sherman’s 43 tackles is third amongst secondary players, while he leads the ‘Hawks in interceptions (four).

Richard Sherman

With looming suspensions, Seattle could be without Sherman in the playoffs. (Photo: Seahawks.com)

Browner is right behind him, with 38 tackles and three interceptions on the season.

The powerhouse duo has anchored Seattle’s defense, helping them allow a mere 201 passing yards per game (third in the NFL). It’s helped bring in huge wins over teams like Green Bay and New England.

At 6-5 on the season, Seattle currently owns one of the NFC’s wildcard spots. But also at 6-5 are Minnesota and Tampa Bay, with both teams nipping at the Seahawks’ heels.

Seattle has five games left on the season, including three homestands against each NFC West opponent.

Since the suspensions would be four games, there’s a very real chance they could cut into the playoffs. Appeals processes can quite awhile. So unless things are resolved in the next two weeks, both players would miss at least one playoff game. That’s if the Seahawks can make it that far without their star corners.

If things do go south for Seattle, the backup plan isn’t very assuring.

While veteran Marcus Trufant can solidify one of the roles (Insert No-Smiley Face), the Seahawks would be forced to fallback on a rotation of Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell (who hasn’t played since Week 2 due to a hamstring injury). Those three players have a combined NFL experience of five years.

In other words, without Sherman and Browner the Seahawks playoff aspirations could be very well toast.

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