Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are staring down the gun at four-game suspensions after both players tested positive for amphetamines on the same day in September, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
Neither player has had a date set for an appeal, according to La Canfora, and both players continue to deny taking any banned substances. La Canfora reports that Browner has told people he puts no supplements in his system at all, as he is already in the drug program and gets tested regularly.
Sherman told Steve Wyche of the NFL Network that Adderall -- which everyone heard is what got Sherman and Browner in trouble with the league -- is "something I have never done" and said he had not "taken anything."
The star cornerback also took to Twitter early Monday morning and claimed he was "not worried" and that "the truth will come out."
This is issue will be resolved soon and the truth will come out. Not worried— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 26, 2012
He should probably be worried regardless -- as it stands, the Seahawks have five games left. Presumably a suspension would be for four games. That means the games Sherman and Browner would miss are either playoff games or games that will determine whether Seattle makes the playoffs, based on how long it takes for their appeal to process.
The length of that process is absolutely up in the air. We first heard a report of Browns cornerback Joe Haden being suspended for Adderall on Aug. 8. It wasn't until Sept. 4 that Mike Holmgren confirmed the suspension and said the Browns were still waiting to hear back on Haden's appeal.
Making matters even more complicated is the same-day-testing coincidence. La Canfora reports that it is possible one or both parties could submit to a lie-detector test as part of the evidence submitted on their behalf -- and the players are also looking into any irregularities with the testing that could have resulted in both testing positive more or less at the same time.
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