Seahawks' Sherman: I won my appeal, will play in playoffs
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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman motions to fans after intercepting in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of Sunday's rout of the 49ers.


RENTON — Seahawks' star cornerback Richard Sherman said this morning that he has won his appeal against the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Sherman posted the news on his Twitter account:

Richard Sherman
I won
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Richard Sherman
Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord
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News first broke of the failed tests by Sherman and teammate Brandon Browner after Seattle's 24-21 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 28. Sherman's appeal was based on errors in the chain of custody of his sample and that there were mistakes made by the tester. He's been outspoken in believing the NFL is not following proper procedures as laid out in the collective bargaining agreement.

Sherman was facing a four game suspension had the appeal been denied that would have kept him out of the season finale and playoff games.

The emerging star is coming off one of the finest games of his career Sunday night when he grabbed his seventh interception of the season, was credited with four passes defensed, and returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks' 42-13 rout of San Francisco.

According to STATS, LLC, Sherman is tied with Pittsburgh's Keenan Lewis for the NFL lead with 23 passes defensed. He is tied for second in interceptions, and his burn rate - amount of catches allowed versus times targeted - of 46.2 percent is the seventh-lowest in the league for cornerbacks targeted at least 60 times.

The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff berth and still have a chance to win the NFC West with a win over St. Louis in the regular season finale Sunday and a loss by San Francisco. If all that is coupled with a Green Bay loss, the Seahawks would also receive a first-round bye.

Seattle still has one more week before Browner returns from his suspension.


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Last modified: December 27. 2012 10:30AM
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