RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season, the league announced Wednesday.
Browner's loss leaves the Seahawks without a Pro Bowl cornerback whose size and physical play has flustered wide receivers for much of the past two seasons. Walter Thurmond, who was a starter for a short time during the 2011 season before suffering a leg injury, will step in and take Browner's spot.
Browner will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 31 and will be able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs.
News broke after Seattle's loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback Richard Sherman were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have placed ailing wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve.
The move was announced Wednesday afternoon, after Harvin missed another practice because of severely sprained left ankle that has kept him out of the last three games.
After an outstanding first half, Harvin's season deteriorated quickly. He was hurt at Seattle on Nov. 4. Now this, meaning he won't play the rest of the year.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars leading receiver Cecil Shorts III has passed his post-concussion test, but has not been cleared to practice or play.
Coach Mike Mularkey says Shorts is still dealing with concussion symptoms. He sat out practice Wednesday, making it unclear whether he will play Sunday against the New York Jets.
Shorts leads the Jaguars (2-10) with 43 receptions for 824 yards and seven touchdowns.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Charles Woodson was back at practice on a limited basis Wednesday, and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the defensive back's return from a broken collarbone is getting close.
Woodson has missed the last five games after breaking his collarbone against St. Louis. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Monday that the perennial Pro Bowler had been running routes again, but Monday was the first time he was listed as doing anything in practice on the injury report.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans placed veteran guard Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve because of an injured right knee and claimed guard Mitch Petrus off waivers from New England on Wednesday.
Hutchinson hurt his knee last week in a 24-10 loss to Houston and will have surgery Thursday. He becomes the fourth of Tennessee's five starting offensive linemen at the start of training camp placed on injured reserve with only left tackle Michael Roos still active. Roos did not practice Wednesday because of his own sore right knee.