UNDATED (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL today following his suspension in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. He will miss the first four regular season games. Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league Dec. 18.

Browner's contract with the Seahawks expires March 11, and he will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities

In other NFL news:

— Record-setting returner Devin Hester says he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season. Hester tells the NFL Network that Chicago "wants to go a different route with me," and that they are "parting ways."

— The Denver Broncos are expected to release perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. That's what a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

__The Cleveland Browns have severed ties with troubled receiver Davone Bess. During the offseason Bess has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. The 28-year-old played one season for the Browns and is owed a guaranteed $3.067 million for 2014.

— The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. He's a four-time Pro Bowl pick.

— There won't be a Buffalo Bills game played in Toronto this year. The Bills have gone 1-5 in the "home" games played in the Canadian city.