Brandon Browner was back in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room Wednesday, shaking hands and sitting just a few feet from fellow cornerback Richard Sherman.
For a time last month, no one was sure whether Browner and Sherman would be around at this point of the year with each facing four-game suspensions for using a banned substance. Browner eventually dropped his appeal and sat out the last four games of the regular season, while Sherman won his appeal and had his suspension overturned.
The result is that the Seahawks will go to Washington on Sunday for the opening round of the playoffs at nearly full strength.
''Getting Brandon Browner back is a big deal to us. He's been a big part of what we've done here and a significant factor in the style that we play,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''He comes back and (we'll) see how he does. It's been a month; we'll see how rusty he is. But we're very fortunate right now.''
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