RENTON, Wash. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season.
Browner's decision was announced by the league on Wednesday. He will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 31 and able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs.
News broke after Seattle's loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback, Richard Sherman, were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs. Sherman is continuing with his plans to appeal (scheduled for next week) and can continue to play while his suspension is being appealed.
Browner has 44 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defensed this season.
"Browner's suspension is a pretty big hit, obviously. And losing Sherman for any length of time would be a major blow as well. But what's interesting about this first suspension is that Browner will be back for the playoffs," writes CBSSports.com's Will Brinson. "Seattle has very good odds (Football Outsiders estimates over 87 percent) of making the postseason. They'd love to win the NFC West or try to jockey for seeding in the postseason, and having Browner would help in that regard."