Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely after the cornerback turned down the chance to cut a deal to reduce his previous one-year ban for substance-related violations.
Browner was found guilty of violating the league's substance-abuse policy for missing drug tests.
He claims that he wasn't obligated to take the tests because at the time he wasn't in the NFL and wasn't notified in writing - claims that are both refuted by the league.
According to reports, Browner turned down the chance to reduce his one year ban down by around three months on appeal, and is now staring down the barrel of an indefinite suspension.
The ban is the second in two seasons for the 29-year-old - who missed four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, and is the second Seahawks player to fall foul of the substance-abuse laws this season.
Browner launched an impassioned defence on Twitter last night, insisting that he will continue to fight his suspension.
He wrote: "I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years.
"I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today.
"I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful.
"Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks.
"I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!"
The Seahawks continue to march on regardless of Browner's suspension having already secured a play-off berth.