Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks wins PED appeal

  • By Dan Hanzus
  • Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 at 01:41 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was always confident he'd win an appeal of his four-game suspension for the use of a banned substance.

That confidence was justified. Sherman told's Steve Wyche on Thursday that he is free to play and will not be suspended. The NFL released a statement declining comment due to the confidentiality provision of the process.

The NFL hit Sherman and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner with four-game suspensions last month. Both appealed the punishment, though Browner changed his mind and began to serve his ban in Week 14. Browner's suspension concludes after Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.'s Albert Breer reported Sherman won his case because of a major problem with the collection procedure. He said earlier this week he would likely sue the NFL if his appeal didn't throw out the suspension.

Sherman was snubbed in Pro Bowl balloting, but there's no arguing how important he is to Seattle's defensive scheme. He proved that in Sunday's blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers, where he had an interception, four passes defensed and a 90-yard touchdown return off a field-goal block.

Seattle is now set up for a postseason run in which both Sherman and Browner will be in the secondary. The Seahawks are on a winning streak in more ways than one.