by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Seattle Seahawks CB Brandon Browner will miss the next four games after dropping his appeal for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Browner will be eligible to return for the playoffs if the Seahawks are able to make the postseason.
No change in the status for CB Richard Sherman as of yet. Sherman reportedly has his appeal scheduled for next Friday, Dec. 14. Sherman will be able to play this week against the Arizona Cardinals and it seems likely he'll be available against the Buffalo Bills next week as well.
The suspension of Browner led to a handful of roster moves over the last two days for the Seahawks. In addition to Browner landing on the reserve/suspended list, Seattle placed G James Carpenter on the non-football illness list and waived/injured WR Braylon Edwards.
Despite being placed on the non-football illness list, head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday Carpenter's knee injury was the leading factor to his season coming to an end.
"It’s still knee related and it’s just overcoming of getting back," Carroll said. "He had a real twinge and something happened this week. It’s not something that requires surgery, but it’s going to hold him out for a while and we can’t tell how long it’ll take to get him back. It is related to what happened last year and we just think he needs some time to get back and get right and it’s going to take a while to do that."
With Browner being lost for four games, Seattle signed CB Ron Parker off the Carolina Panthers practice squad and signed CB DeShawn Shead from their practice squad. To replace Carpenter's spot on the roster, the team also activated G Rishaw Johnson from the practice squad.
Parker has spent time with the Seahawks the past few seasons. Shead and Johnson have both been on the practice squad for Seattle all season.
Seattle also brought in CB Roy Lewis for a workout on Tuesday. If Sherman were to ultimately get suspended, Lewis could be an option to bring back as well.
Carroll said Wednesday CB Walter Thurmond will take Browner's spot at right cornerback and rookie CB Jeremy Lane will get the first shot to work in the slot. CB Marcus Trufant is still dealing with a serious hamstring strain and may not be available to play Sunday against the Cardinals.
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Wednesday that QB John Skelton would be making the start for the Cardinals against Seattle on Sunday.
Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com and the Philadelphia Eagles radio network also reported Seattle had QB Josh Johnson in for a workout on Tuesday. Seattle had just two quarterbacks in the building with the release of QB Josh Portis from the practice squad last week.
Seattle also added former UCLA RB Derrick Coleman to the practice squad. The Seahawks still have one spot available on the squad.
WR Sidney Rice was cleared Wednesday from the blow he took on the game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Rice was held out of practice Wednesday but is expected to be able to play Sunday against the Cardinals.
"He’s already gone through the walkthrough and got work done so we’ll give him another day to get rest, but he’s went through all of the tests and procedures and he’s in good shape right now," Carroll said. "We have him as probable at this point, but we’re counting on him playing."
DE Red Bryant also did not practice as he continues to deal with a plantar fascia issue in his foot. Carroll did say Wednesday that Bryant feels better now than he did at this point a week ago. That gives Carroll hope that Bryant will again be able to play this week.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he has not been contacted by the University of Wisconsin in relation to their current head coaching opening. Bevell played football at Wisconsin and had been rumored as a possible candidate for the Badgers to replace Bret Bielema, who took the head coaching job at Arkansas.
Did Not Participate
WR Andre Roberts (ankle)
DE Ronald Talley (ankle)
DE Calais Campbell (calf)
QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)
S Kerry Rhodes (quadriceps)
LB Reggie Walker (knee)
RB Beanie Wells (knee)
DB Justin Bethel (shoulder)
WR Early Doucet (ribs)
LS Mike Leach (back)
LB Paris Lenon (shoulder)
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DE Red Bryant (foot)
CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
WR Sidney Rice (head)
LB Leroy Hill (ankle)