Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The suspension is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He's the second Seahawks player to be suspended for violating the substance abuse policy this season. Fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond is serving the final week of a four-game suspension.

Browner, whose suspension is effective immediately and without pay, sent out a lengthy statement vowing that he would continue to fight his suspension and sounding resigned that his career with the Seahawks was over.

Browner, who was injured in Week 10 against Atlanta and hasn't played since, filed an appeal of the suspension while injured, and the Seahawks were waiting for an answer from the league.

Saints: In addition to bringing in a new kicker for Sunday's pivotal NFC South clash with Carolina, New Orleans will have a rookie who hasn't played a single offensive snap protecting Drew Brees' blind side.

Sean Payton announced that veteran Shayne Graham was the new kicker, and that Terron Armstead would get his first start at left tackle. The coach also asserted that the moves were aimed at improving performance at certain positions -- not at getting the attention of his team after a 27-16 loss at St. Louis.

Graham, 36, replaces Garrett Hartley, who was released Tuesday, two days after failing to convert two field goals against the Rams. Armstead assumed a starting role previously held by Charles Brown, who was benched during the second half of Sunday's game.

Bears: The team is optimistic that seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs (small fracture in left shoulder) will be ready to play at Philadelphia after he practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.

Bills: Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was ruled out for the game against Miami this weekend because of a swollen left knee. Journeyman backup Thad Lewis will make his fourth start of the season.

Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco will wear a brace on his left knee Sunday against the New England Patriots, a precautionary move in the wake of the injury he sustained Monday night in Detroit.

Retirements: Washington linebacker London Fletcher, who has never missed a game in 16 NFL seasons, announced that he plans to retire at the end of the year. "Obviously everybody wants to go out like Ray Lewis with the Super Bowl parade ... but it wasn't in the cards for me," Fletcher, 38, said.

  • Center Brad Meester, a blue-collar lineman who spent his entire 14-year career with Jacksonville, announced he will retire at the end of the season.

    NFL fines Steeler: Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber in the Steelers' victory over the Bengals on Sunday night. Huber sustained a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae when Garvin decked him near midfield during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.