Seahawks’ Browner suspended 4 games
Cornerback loses his appeal, but can return if Seattle makes playoffs.
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.