Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season.

Browner's decision was announced by the league Wednesday. He will be eligible to rejoin the team Dec. 31 and be able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs.

News broke after Seattle's loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback Richard Sherman were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs. Sherman, a former Stanford star, is continuing with his plans to appeal and can continue to play while his suspension is being appealed.

Vikings: Minnesota placed ailing wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, ending a season that began so well for one of the NFL's most versatile players.

Coach Leslie Frazier answered questions about Harvin's status cryptically and vaguely at his regular news conference, when he ruled Harvin out of practice again because of the severely sprained ankle that has kept him out of the last three games. Then about six hours later, the Vikings announced the move that declared their top pass-catcher done for the year.

Texans: Houston signed former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt after placing Brice McCain on injured reserve with a designation for return. Routt started seven games this season for Kansas City before he was released Nov. 5.


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Steelers: Coach Mike Tomlin challenged Ben Roethlisberger to prove his sprained right shoulder is ready to go before handing the keys to the offense back to his franchise quarterback. A few dozen passes Wednesday appears to have provided a pretty compelling argument.

Admittedly a little rusty while going through his first serious workout since injuring his shoulder and dislocating a rib during a 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City on Nov. 12, Roethlisberger reported no major issues after letting it loose following a three-week layoff and seems on track to start Sunday against San Diego.

Bills: Buffalo placed defensive end Chris Kelsay on season-ending injured reserve because of a neck injury.

Cardinals: John Skelton will be back at starting quarterback when the Cardinals play the Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced after practice that he will replace rookie Ryan Lindley after two starts.

Browns: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas ripped former teammate Peyton Hillis. With Hillis coming to Cleveland this week as a member of the Chiefs, Thomas unloaded on the bruising running back, saying he didn't always play hard and accusing Hillis of putting his contract situation ahead of the team.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said he's sticking with Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.