Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman faces a 4-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Friday, he'll finally have his appeals hearing. According to ESPN, Sherman could find out his fate that day. But it's also possible that he won't find out until after Sunday's game with the 49ers. So it's likely he'll play against San Francisco.
If his suspension is upheld, it would carry into the post-season. Seattle is one win away from clinching a playoff berth.
Brandon Browner is currently serving his 4-game suspension. He's missed 2 games, so far. He would be eligible to return once the playoffs begin.
Seattle would have to find Sherman's replacement, if he loses his appeal. Coach Pete Carroll is keeping his fingers crossed that Walter Thurmond could return from a hamstring injury. Marcus Trufant is rehabbing his hammy, as well. But Trufant is probably a long shot to make it back by Sunday.
In the meantime, rookie Jeremy Lane got his first NFL start against the Bills. Plus, second year cornerback Byron Maxwell played extensively Sunday. He's probably in line to replace Sherman, if he's suspended and Thurmond and Trufant aren't quite healthy enough to play.
On a side note, rookie safety Winston Guy is back with the team after serving his own 4-game suspension for testing positive for PED's.