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                 === Seahawks' Browner hit with 4-game ban ===
 Renton,  WA  (Sports Network) - The  Seattle Seahawks will be without Pro Bowl
 cornerback  Brandon  Browner for  the final  four games  of the regular season
 after  being  suspended by  the NFL  for violating  its policy on performance-
 enhancing substances.  had  reported in  late  November  that  Browner and  fellow  starting
 cornerback  Richard  Sherman  had  both tested  positive  for  the  prohibited
 stimulant  Adderall.  According to the  Seattle Times, Browner was believed to
 have dropped his appeal of the penalty, with Sherman's case still pending.
 The  former CFL standout will be eligible to return to Seattle's active roster
 on  Dec. 31, one day after the team's regular-season finale against St. Louis,
 and would be available if the Seahawks reach the playoffs.
 Seattle  enters Week  14 in control of  the second and final Wild Card spot in
 the  NFC with  a 7-5  record and  is  within 1  1/2 games  of first-place  San
 Francisco in the West Division.
 Signed  by Seattle prior to last season following a successful five-year stint
 with  the CFL's  Calgary  Stampeders, Browner  started all  16  games for  the
 Seahawks  in  2011 and registered a  team-high six interceptions along with 54
 tackles  and  23 passes defensed. The  28-year-old was named to the NFC roster
 for the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for San Francisco's Carlos Rogers in
 In  12 games  this season, Browner has recorded three interceptions along with
 44 tackles and three forced fumbles.
 To help shore up the secondary, the Seahawks signed cornerbacks Ron Parker and
 DeShawn  Shead on Wednesday. Parker, who played in two games with Seattle last
 season,  was  plucked from the  Carolina Panthers' practice squad, while Shead
 was elevated from the Seahawks' practice squad.
 Seattle  had an open roster spot after releasing veteran wide receiver Braylon
 Edwards with an injury settlement on Tuesday.
 12/05 16:33:30 ET

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