The timing of Richard Sherman's appeal

December, 17, 2012
12/17/12
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has an appeal hearing scheduled for Friday regarding his pending four-game suspension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

There's no word on whether Sherman could miss the Seahawks' game against the San Francisco 49ers' on Sunday. The timing makes me think Sherman will be available for that game regardless. Suspending a player so close to kickoff would seemingly put the team in a bind. That is only my feel for what is reasonable, however.

Suspensions are often announced early in the week, giving teams time to make roster moves before full practices resume Wednesday. It is unclear whether any attempts by Sherman to stall the process would alter expected timelines. Shefter indicates Sherman could miss the game Sunday if his suspension is quickly upheld.

A four-game suspension at this point would sideline Sherman into the playoffs, should Seattle qualify. The Seahawks can assure themselves no worse than a wild-card berth with one additional regular-season victory.

Sherman is the best cornerback on the team and one of the best in the NFL. Seattle is already playing without its other starting corner, Brandon Browner, who has now served two games of a four-game suspension. Both Sherman and Browner stand accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly Adderall.

Seattle has outscored its last two opponents by a 108-17 margin without Browner.

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