Punt returner Walter Thurmond #28 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on August 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Deja vu, huh?
Unlike a year ago when the suspensions were due to violations of the performance-enhancing drugs policy, these suspensions are due to violations of the substance-abuse policy.
CB Walter Thurmond is reportedly facing a four-game suspension while CB Brandon Browner is facing a one-year suspension for violations of the policy.
Browner and CB Richard Sherman were facing four-game suspensions a season ago for violations of the PED policy. Browner served his suspension the final four games of the 2012 regular season while Sherman had his suspension overturned on appeal.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Sunday morning that Thurmond was facing the suspension. Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Monday afternoon that Browner was facing a suspension as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com said the suspension for a year and Browner is appealing.
It's a big blow to Seattle's secondary. Thurmond was expected to fill-in with Browner out with a serious groin injury. Now the Seahawks are going to have to delve further into their depth or look outside the organization to add to the roster.
Browner was going to be out 4-6 weeks at least with the groin issue. The suspension now likely ends his tenure in Seattle. Browner is in the last year of his contract and bringing him back after a second drug-related suspension.
Seattle has contacted CB Antoine Winfield about possibly returning to the team after being released at the end of training camp. Another possibility is CB DeShawn Shead being signed from the practice squad. Shead is making a full roster salary on the practice squad and has been on the team and practicing with them for two years.