Dave Boling of The News Tribune wonders if the rest of the Seattle Seahawks were paying attention when John Moffitt was suspended last season for four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy by taking Adderall.
Unlike rookie Winston Guy, who was recently suspended for games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, both Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were around last year, so Boling believes they should have been aware of the consequences in taking an amphetamine-type substance.
Boling: Regardless how flimsy, the lack-of-awareness alibi might fly a bit for Guy, who is new to the team, but Sherman and Browner were well aware of the Moffitt situation.
And a suspension would at least tint the success stories they fashioned as they overcame certain challenges to get where they are.”
Mike Garafolo of USA Today is reporting that, according to a person informed of Sherman’s explanation, Sherman says he accidentally drank from a bottle into which a teammate poured a crushed Adderall pill. The person said the teammate is permitted to take the drug under NFL rules because he has a prescription. Sherman denied this scenario through a text to KJR’s Curtis Crabtree. “It’s totally false,” Sherman said. “It will be resolved in time and I have never taken anything.”
Garafolo also writes that according to a person with knowledge of Serman’s defense, Browner is in the NFL’s substance-abuse program because of an undisclosed incident while he was with the Denver Broncos in 2005. When Browner returned to the NFL last season after five years in the CFL, he was reinstated in the program, which involves repeat testing. Browner is claiming he never would’ve knowingly taken a substance banned by the NFL.
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times wonders if the unusual tale of the rise of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman is too good to be true. Brewer: “It should be noted that we’re not talking steroids here. But even if reports are true that the cornerbacks tested positive for an amphetamine because they took Adderall, a drug commonly used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, it would be impossible to dismiss the suspension as merely some lesser violation. If Browner and Sherman are suspended under the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, their incredible success the past two seasons is certain to be called into question.
“The integrity of their greatness would be in doubt. Make no mistake, greatness is the proper word. There are comparable individual corners that create havoc and force opposing quarterbacks to think twice before throwing their way, but Browner and Sherman are peerless as a duo. No other NFL team has two corners this big, this complete, this effective and this burdensome for opposing receivers.”
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times takes a closer look at what he learned from Seattle’s loss at Miami. O’Niel says that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is the most consistent thing Seattle has going right now.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com delves into Russell Wilson’s 16 straight completions.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that according to AccuScore, the Seahawks projected win total goes from 8.9 to 8.6 without Browner and Sherman for the rest of the season.