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Apr 3 2014 - CB Brandon Browner was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Seahawks March 15.
Mar 5 2014 - CB Brandon Browner was officially reinstated by the NFL, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season and pay an additional four-game fine, the league and NFLPA jointly announced Wednesday.
Browner, who played the last three seasons with the Seahawks after playing four seasons in the Canadian Football League, is now free to sign with any NFL team when free agency starts next week.
The NFL and the players association announced the negotiated compromise, which staved off litigation that would have challenged the league's decision to discipline Browner for missing drug tests while he wasn't playing in the NFL.
The joint statement read:
"The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to conditionally reinstate Brandon Browner from his indefinite suspension under the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.
"Browner was suspended without pay for the Seattle Seahawks' final five games of the 2013 season, including the playoffs. His contract with the Seahawks expires at the end of the 2013 League Year on March 11. He will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities.
"Should he comply with the terms of the Substance Abuse Policy and Program, he will be fully reinstated after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the 2014 regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay."
Mar 4 2014 - CB 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.
Feb 26 2014 - CB Brandon Browner will file a federal lawsuit against the league next week in Colorado.
According to multiple reports, Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, is scheduled to file the suit on his client's behalf.
Browner hopes to be granted unrestricted free-agent rights, claiming he wasn't aware of his responsibility under the collective bargaining agreement to submit to three drug tests he missed while out of the league.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported Wednesday the lawsuit includes "administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that the NFL's overall approach to players who chronically test positive for marijuana violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Browner is expected to argue that the NFL at a minimum views players who repeatedly violate the policy as being addicted to marijuana, and that the league's handling of those players violates the duty to provide a reasonable accommodation."
Browner recently told USA Today, "It totally sucks. If (you thought) I had a problem, you should be helping me."
Browner was suspended indefinitely and will claim 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.
Schaffer told USA Today, "He was out of the league in 2006 and 2007. That opens up a whole new can of worms. They're trying to put punishment on Brandon for not going to drug tests when he wasn't in the league, tests he wasn't even informed he was supposed to take."
He refused a deal with the NFL that could have reduced his suspension to one year in November.
Dec 19 2013 - CB Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Browner casn petition for reinstatement in one year. Browner is contemplaying legal action because of the NFL's decision.
Dec 17 2013 - CB Brandon Browner remains out with a groin injury while the team also waits to see if he is going to be suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He has not played since Nov. 10 at Atlanta. He did not practice last week but coach Pete Carroll said the hope is he will be able to practice some next week -- but obviously only if he is not suspended.
Dec 9 2013 - CB Brandon Browner remains out with a groin injury while the team also waits to see if he is going to be suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Even if he is not suspended he is unlikely to play for another few weeks. However, if he is not suspended, the team may decide to keep him on the active roster and hope he can return at some point. Browner tried to practice last Wednesday but was unable to practice on Thursday or Friday, indicating he is not ready to return anytime soon.
Dec 6 2013 - CB Brandon Browner was ruled out of the 49ers due to his groin injury. Coach Pete Carroll said he has heard no update on Browner's reported appeal of a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Browner got in a little work Thursday, but didn't show much progress with the significant groin injury and the Seahawks didn't strongly consider letting him face the 49ers.
Dec 4 2013 - CB Brandon Browner was a limited participant on Wednesday, his first action of any kind since injuring his groin at Atlanta on Nov. 10. He could play this weekend depending on the outcome of his appeal of a proposed suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Nov 27 2013 - CB Brandon Browner remains out for an extended period after hurting his groin against Atlanta. He also may be suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. But even without that suspension, he wouldn't be able to play for a few weeks.