Brandon Browner’s season came to a swift end Wednesday when he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Expect Browner, who will be an unrestricted free agent, to pursue some form of litigation as he tries to recoup money lost because of his suspension. His camp still believes that Browner was wrongfully moved into Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program and had been prepared to sue should Browner’s appeal of a one-year suspension be denied. It was, they will.
In regard to the roster, this has little impact. Browner had evolved into an extra since Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane all showed they were very capable when on the field. Thurmond will be back from suspension next week.
Browner, now busted by the league three times during his career, will be a risk for any team who considers him in the future. He’ll remain in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program for the remainder of his career. His re-entry to the league will be solely up to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Our Dave Boling wrote about the rise of the Cardinals, who have won six of seven to move into playoff contention. Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Arizona is playing well above the level it was in Week 7 when the Seahawks handled it 34-22 in Glendale. From Boling:
The Cardinals were 3-4 when the Seahawks left following a 34-22 win in October.
Since then, they’ve lost only to Philadelphia (24-21 on the road), and have beaten Indianapolis (a team that topped Seattle) by a 40-11 margin.
In those seven games, Palmer has thrown 13 touchdowns against four interceptions. Seattle’s Russell Wilson in that span? The same, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The difference between the Cardinals then and now?
“Well, we’ve just kind of gotten used to playing together,” Arians said. “When you put it all together for the first year, it takes a little time, especially offensively, and you could see, after that week, us continue to get better offensively.”
One other note: The Seahawks’ shutout of the Giants on Sunday was the first road shutout of the year in the league. It was also the first in the NFL since the 49ers shut out the New York Jets, Sept. 30, 2012. Since 2000, there have been just 39 road shutouts in the NFL (2.8 per season), with just three in the last three seasons, illustrating just how rare it is.
> ESPN writes about Pete Carroll chasing something that hasn’t been done: Win BCS and NFL titles. The BCS didn’t come into the college game until 1998, so that’s a caveat for consideration. Still, he could be the first.
> At Seahawks.com, the focus is on Richard Sherman.
> Seahawks.com also writes that seven Seahawks are leading vote-getters in Pro Bowl balloting.
> Seahawks punter Jon Ryan insists that punters are not defenseless on punt returns.
> Pete Carroll tells Arizona reporters, “We’re not done yet.”
> In case you missed it, here’s Richard Sherman’s column on Monday Morning Quarterback saying that having the Super Bowl in a possibly snowy environment is a bad idea, though it favors the Seahawks’ style.
> Monday Morning Quarterback writes that Bruce Arians should be coach of the year for the second consecutive year.
> In a stunner, Todd McShay of ESPN thinks the Seahawks will look to draft an offensive lineman in the first round.
> 49ers CEO Jed York says Jim Harbaugh has not asked for more control on personnel decisions.