Seahawks' Browner, Sherman face possible suspension over performance-enhancing drugs



SEATTLE - Two top Seahawks players may be suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, according to NFL sources.


Starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman -- two of the teams' top stars -- could be sitting for four games.


The players tested positive for Adderall, which is a stimulant commonly used to treat ADHD, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News sports anchor Chris Francis. Adderall has been on the banned substance list in the NFL since 2006, and recently the league has been cracking down on players taking it without a medical reason.


Browner and Sherman are said to be appealing their suspensions, but losing them for any amount of time will cripple their playoff hopes, Francis said.


"They are really key to the way the Hawks play defense," said Francis.


The Seahawks said they "are aware" of a report that Sherman and Browner are facing four-game suspensions.


The Seahawks released a short statement late Sunday after arriving back in Seattle following their 24-21 loss in Miami. first reported Sunday afternoon, citing unnamed sources, that Seattle's starting cornerbacks had tested positive and were planning to appeal the suspensions.


Head Coach Pete Carroll may offer more details Monday.


Sherman, in a tweet, said the issue will be resolved soon and that the truth will come out.


"Not worried," Sherman wrote.