Browner back in fold, ready for playoff run

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comJanuary 4, 2013 

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK

RENTON — Brandon Browner took his medicine and is ready to move on.

The Seattle cornerback talked with reporters before practice Thursday for the first time since returning to the Seahawks after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

“Sometimes you make mistakes,” said Browner, when asked why he dropped his appeal with the league on the issue. “And I was fortunate enough that the guys continued to win and things like that.”

Browner said that although he couldn’t play, he enjoyed watching his teammates perform well in his absence.

“It was fun because we were kicking everybody’s butt,” Browner said about his time away. “I was missing not playing with the guys, but it was awesome to watch from that perspective, you know what I mean, because the progression of our quarterback (Russell Wilson) is awesome. He’s playing like one of the elite quarterbacks, and then our defense is playing lights out. They’re playing like when I left. They didn’t skip a beat.”

Browner said he returned to his native southern California and worked out there at a local gym, along with running the same workout regimen as his teammates back in Seattle to stay in game shape.

“I went back home, man,” Browner said. “I couldn’t find it in myself, working out here and then it’s raining a lot and I wasn’t coming up here. So it would have been weird to go somewhere I didn’t know or to some park around here.”

So, will Browner be ready to play Sunday 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. I’ll be all right.”

Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright looks forward to having his teammate back on the field Sunday.

“I love it, man,” Wright said. “We’ve got our two shutdown corners back out there. B.B. (Browner) brings a lot to the table, so I’m real excited to have him back. He should have a real good game.”

WILSON HONORED

Wilson was named NFC offensive rookie of the month for December on Thursday.

The University of Wisconsin product helped direct the Seahawks to a 5-0 record in the month, completed 65.5 percent of his passes (74 of 113) for 1,067 yards and nine touchdowns.

Wilson also rushed for 262 yards and four scores. His 115.2 passer rating in December was the highest in the league.

INJURY UPDATE

For Seattle, rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane did not practice because of a knee injury, raising a question about his availability. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) fully participated in practice after he was a limited participant Wednesday.

For Washington, cornerback D.J. Johnson (knee) and offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day.

Safety DeJon Gomes (knee) was a limited participant for a second straight day.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee), receiver Pierre Garon (foot), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (elbow), linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (ankle) and linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) were full participants for Washington on Thursday.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com

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