Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner expected to play Sunday vs. Bears

Brian Bahr

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects to have both of his starting cornerbacks on Sunday against the Bears.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears while they wait to find out when their appeals will be heard in regards to their four-game suspensions for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the speculation to 710 AM ESPN Seattle, saying that, "As of right now, I'm planning on those guys playing."

The league's collective bargaining agreement allows for players to continue to play until the appeal is heard and settled thus allowing both Sherman and Browner to suit up in a crucial game against the Bears.

Moreover, per NFL.com's Steve Wyche, "There are indications, according to a source, that appellate hearings might not take place for several weeks, which would allow Browner and Sherman to compete through most of the regular season -- at the least."

These aren't the first times Seahawks' players have had to deal with something like this. In fact, Sherman and Browner are the fourth and fifth Seahawks players in the last calendar year to violate the policy. Guard John Moffitt, offensive lineman Allen Barbie (who has since been released) and safety Winston Guy have all served four-game suspensions for violating the league's policy.

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