By John Boyle
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner practiced Wednesday for the first time since serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, and despite the long layoff, he’s ready to jump back into action for Sunday’s playoff game.
“I’m very excited, man,” he said Thursday. “I’m glad to be back out here with my team. Enjoying that.”
Browner said he went back home to Southern California to work out, trying to mimic a week of practice as much as he could, and that while he knows there will be rust, he will be ready for Sunday’s game in Washington.
“Most definitely,” he said. “It starts in the head. I’m mentally tough. I know I’ll be a little tired out there, but at the end of the day, I’m fighting for a playoff victory, so I’ll be all right.”
Browner didn’t get into details about his suspension or failed drug test, but when asked why he dropped his appeal, he said, “It was about that time. Sometimes you make mistakes, and I was fortunate that the guys continued to win.”
And while Browner missed playing for a month, it was easier to sit home and watch games on Sunday because the Seahawks won all four games during his suspension.
“It was fun, because we were kicking everybody’s butt,” he said. “I was missing not playing with the guys, but it was awesome to watch from that prospective. The progression of our quarterback is awesome. He’s playing like one of the elite quarterbacks, then our defense is playing lights out, like when I left. They didn’t skip a beat.”