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Seahawks CB Browner suspended indefinitely

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner had his appeal denied, and he was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's policy banning substances of abuse, the league announced Wednesday.

CBS Sports reported that Browner cannot apply for reinstatement for one year, per NFL rules.

He last played Nov. 10, missing the Seahawks' past four games due to a groin strain.

According to multiple media reports, Browner contested his placement in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program, arguing that the league improperly advanced him while he was playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007-10.

He also reportedly claimed his urine sample that led to a positive test in September was mishandled.

Numerous media outlets reported that Browner passed on a plea-bargain-type arrangement that would have reduced the length of his suspension.

Last year, Browner was suspended for the last four regular-season games for a violation related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Browner, 27, becomes the second Seahawks cornerback suspended in a matter of weeks. Walter Thurmond received a four-game suspension for a violation of the substance-abuse policy, and he will be eligible to return for the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 29.

Browner will be a free agent after the current season.
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