Seahawks’ Browner sus­pended 4 games

Cor­ner­back loses his ap­peal, but can re­turn if Seat­tle makes play­offs.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Seat­tle Seahawks cor­ner­back Bran­don Browner has dropped the ap­peal of his sus­pen­sion for us­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing sub­stances and will miss the fi­nal four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son, the league an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Browner’s loss leaves the Seahawks with­out a Pro Bowl cor­ner­back whose size and phys­i­cal play has flus­tered wide re­ceivers for much of the past two sea­sons. Wal­ter Thur­mond, who was a starter for a short time dur­ing the 2011 sea­son be­fore suf­fer­ing a leg in­jury, will take Browner’s spot.

Browner will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn on Dec. 31 and will be able to play in the post­sea­son should Seat­tle make the play­offs.

Bills: Veteran de­fen­sive end Chris Kel­say was placed on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve with a neck in­jury.

Broncos: Line­backer D.J. Wil­liams will make his first start tonight since Jan. 14 with Wes­ley Wood­yard listed as doubt­ful af­ter miss­ing two prac­tices this week with a sore left an­kle.

Car­di­nals: Coach Ken Whisen­hunt said quar­ter­back John Skelton would re­place rookie Ryan Lind­ley on Sun­day in Seat­tle.

Chiefs: The es­tate or guardian of the in­fant of Jo­van Belcher, the line­backer who killed her mother be­fore turn­ing a gun on him­self, will re­ceive more than $1 mil­lion un­der terms of the NFL’s col­lec­tive­bar­gain­ing agree­ment. Belcher’s 3-month-old daugh­ter, Zoey, stands to re­ceive $108,000 an­nu­ally over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year un­til age 18. She’ll con­tinue to re­ceive that amount un­til age 23 if she at­tends col­lege. The ben­e­fi­ciary of Belcher, who was in his fourth sea­son, also will re­ceive $600,000 in life in­surance, plus $200,000 for each cred­ited sea­son.

Colts: In­terim head coach Bruce Ari­ans said run­ning back Don­ald Brown and safety Tom Zbikowski would both miss Sun­day’s game against vis­it­ing Ten­nessee be­cause of undis­closed knee in­juries.

Ravens: Line­backer Ter­rell Suggs said he plans to play Sun­day at Washington de­spite a torn right bi­ceps he suf­fered in last week’s loss.

Steel­ers: Ad­mit­tedly a lit­tle rusty while go­ing through his first se­ri­ous work­out since in­jur­ing his shoul­der and dis­lo­cat­ing a rib dur­ing a win over Kansas City on Nov. 12, quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger re­ported no ma­jor is­sues af­ter let­ting it loose in prac­tice fol­low­ing a three-week lay­off. He seems on track to start on Sun­day against San Diego.

Vik­ings: Re­ceiver Percy Harvin (left an­kle) was placed on sea­so­nend­ing in­jured re­serve.

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