London Fletcher Ready To Retire – NFL Roundup For Dec. 19th
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The suspension is the second in two seasons for Browner, who sat out four games last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Browner hasn't played since being injured in Week 10 against Atlanta. He filed an appeal of the suspension while injured and the Seahawks were waiting for an answer from the league.
The suspension likely ends Browner's time with the Seahawks. He will become a free agent after the season and could file for reinstatement after one year.
UNDATED (AP) — Durable linebacker London Fletcher says he's 99 percent sure he will retire after the season. The Redskins mainstay has never missed a game in the NFL, playing in 254 consecutive games, the longest streak by a defensive player since the 1970 merger. The 38-year-old also started 213 in a row, the all-time mark for a linebacker.
In other NFL news:
— The Chicago Bears remain optimistic Lance Briggs will play this weekend at Philadelphia. The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker practiced today on a limited basis as he tries to work his way back from a small fracture in his left shoulder. Coach Marc Trestman again said he's "optimistic" Briggs will play against the Eagles but remains day to day.
— Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced that veteran Shayne Graham is the team's new kicker, and that Terron Armstead would get his first start at left tackle. The Saints also have signed veteran safety Eric Frampton, who played under current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas last season and is expected to help on special teams.
— Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) will wear a brace on his left knee in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The brace is a precautionary move in the wake of the injury he sustained last Monday night in Detroit.
— Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester has announced he will retire after this season, The 36-year-old Meester played his entire career in Jacksonville and is the only person to play for every coach in franchise history.
— Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss Sunday's game against Miami due to swelling in his left knee. Journeyman Thad Lewis will get the start. He went 1-2 as a starter earlier this year including a win over the Dolphins.
— Houston quarterback Matt Schaub will start for an injured Case Keenum on Sunday against Denver. Schaub will start for the first time since Oct. 13 when he was benched. Keenum has an injury to a ligament in his right thumb and can't grip the football. The Texans have lost 12 in a row.
— Tennessee has placed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh on injured reserve with a foot injury.