Browner and Sherman Face Possible 4-Game Suspension

As if the loss to Miami wasn't bad enough, word has now gotten out that the NFL is planning on handing out suspensions to both of Seattle's starting cornerbacks, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, for violating league rules prohibiting the use of performance-enhancing drugs.  Sherman responded to the news by vehemently denying using the drug in question, Adderall, and has vowed to appeal the suspension.

Very few details have been released, including when the tests in question were administered, but losing two of the team's best defensive players for four of the Seahawks' last five games will likely do serious damage to their chances of making the playoffs.  If the suspension is upheld, Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond would start in their place, with either CB Byron Maxwell, rookie CB Jeremy Lane, or FS Chris Maragos taking Trufant's spot at nickel back.

Rookie safety Winston Guy was also suspended for four games last week for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, but that infraction appears to be unrelated.  According to his agent (possibly not the most reliable of sources, but in this case he's the only source), Guy's suspension was due to a banned ingredient found in an over-the-counter supplement he was taking, not Adderall.  His suspension also warranted little attention, as he has only been active for two games this season and was in no danger of seeing the field again anytime soon.

In case you aren't familiar with it, Adderall is the brand name for a combination of amphetamines and dextroamphetamines that is used primarily to treat patients suffering from ADHD and narcolepsy.  The drug is also highly addictive and has seen widespread abuse (particularly among college students) because it allows users to stay awake longer, and can also aid in concentration and induce a feeling of euphoria.  Its side effects range from minor complaints like nervousness and nausea all the way up to good stuff like cardiac arrest and full-blown psychosis, so, y'know, I think I'll stick to coffee.

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