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Browner: NFL reinstated me

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Mar 05 2014 10:35:36 AM CST
NFL logo sign outside football stadium

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Cornerback Brandon Browner wrote on Twitter that his suspension was lifted by the NFL, though the league made no official announcement Tuesday.

Under an indefinite suspension, Browner missed the Seattle Seahawks' final two regular-season games and three playoff games last season. He played in just half of Seattle's regular-season games in 2013, missing time due to a groin injury.

Agent Peter Schaffer said Tuesday, "Obviously cooler heads prevailed. The NFL and Brandon put Brandon's career above all else."

Browner will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11.

Browner tweeted, "I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner (Roger) Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their support. I will live up to your expectations of me."

After Browner was suspended last year, he said he was unfairly placed in Stage 3 of the NFL's testing program because of missed tests while he was playing in the Canadian Football League.

The planned lawsuit reportedly would have targeted the NFL's policy banning marijuana, which is legal in Washington and Colorado.

Browner refused a deal with the NFL that could have reduced his suspension to one year in November.

A Pro Bowl cornerback in 2011, Browner drew a check and will receive a Super Bowl ring from the Seahawks, he said in February.