The NFL made it official Tuesday, announcing that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. There were also indications that cornerback Brandon Browner, who has reportedly appealed a one-year suspension by the league, might be done for the season due to injury.
In a two-sentence press release, an NFL spokesman said Thurmond would be eligible to return on Dec. 23. That would make him available for the season finale against the St. Louis Rams and for the playoffs.
Thurmond will miss next Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints as well as road games against the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. His suspension will end following a home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The NFL did not disclose the specific nature of Thurmond's violation, but reports indicate it was not for performance-enhancing drugs.
Seattle signed cornerback Perrish Cox Tuesday. Cox, who was drafted by the Broncos in 2010, was on the San Francisco 49ers roster since 2012, but was released Nov. 12.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also said Monday that signing veteran Antoine Winfield, who was released by Seattle in the preseason, was another possibility.
(Programming note: The Dec. 2 Seahawks-Saints game will air live on KONG 6/16. Pre-game begins at 5 p.m. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by a live edition of the 5th Quarter.)
Several outlets reported on Monday that Browner has appealed a possible one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Browner and his agent both denied the reports of the violation via Twitter. There has been no announcement on the result of that appeal.
Browner served a four-game suspension at the end of 2013 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Browner is out with a groin injury and Thurmond was filling in for him as the starter. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Seahawks may place Browner on injured reserve, ending his season. The 29-year-old will be a free agent in the offseason. Many NFL insiders are speculating that the Seahawks will not re-sign him.