Richard Sherman Wins Appeal and What it Means for the Seahawks in the Playoffs

There is a beautiful thing about being on vacation, you can unplug from the world a little bit and relax. Well as I have been in Arizona the last few days that’s what I’ve been doing, no internet, facebook, twitter, or any social media really, until 10:00 am this morning. I was doing my rounds and around facebook, ESPN, and twitter and happen to see this tweet around 10:30 from @RSherman_25 “Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord”, followed by “I won”. Channeling my fellow writer Sean Kramer during the Pac-10 Championship game vs. Arizona from a couple years ago, and I proceeded to run laps around my grandparents house overwhelmed with joy.

Richard Sherman won his appeal today for a failed PED test where he tested positive for Adderall, an ADHD medication that is a banned substance under the NFL drug policy. If Sherman had lost he would have been banned 4 games and would have been eligible to return either at some point next season or the Super Bowl. This would have been a potential crushing blow to the Seahawks chance during the playoffs, as Sherman is considered to be one of the best CB in the NFL. But Sherman won and that’s irrelevant now.

Sherman won his case according to Bob Wallace, a former NFL executive, because Sherman’s sample cup began leaking and the tester transferred it to a different cup, but did not include it in the original report. Wallace’s quote regarding the incident was “insuring a sample is collected properly is the cornerstone of the program and when an event occurs that does not happen routinely or that the collector has never experienced while collecting the sample it is incumbent upon that collector to note what happened. Accordingly, Mr. Sherman’s appeal is granted and the discipline is reversed.”

Why this decision is so big for the Seahawks is obviously they get to keep one of their best CB or the roster for the playoffs. Sherman this season has 61 tackles, 53 being solo, along with 1 sack, 23 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles,  7 interceptions, one of with was returned for a touchdown, along with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown vs. the 49ers last Sunday. Sherman has been a force in the secondary for the  Seahawks along with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor over the last 3 weeks in the absence of Brandon Browner who was suspended for the same violation, but did not appeal. Browner will be suspended this Sunday vs. the Rams, but will return for the Seahawks first playoff game.

This Seahawks team with Sherman not being suspended and Browner returning for the playoffs is very, very dangerous. Outscoring the Cardinals, Bills and the 49ers 150-30 in Browner’s absence and have won 4 in a row, appears to be getting hot a the right time and with a secondary that will be in full force going into the wild card round (or with a little luck a bye week into the divisional round). This team the way the offense and defense are rolling could be equipped for a very deep run into the playoffs.