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NFL: CB Browner reinstated by league

on March 05, 2014 11:00 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted that he was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Browner announced the news via a lengthy statement on his Twitter page. Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league on Dec. 18. The reinstatement will make Browner a free agent as his contract with the Seahawks ended after this season.

Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, also confirmed the reinstatement to The Associated Press.

The suspension was the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

• IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are close to getting under the salary cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

The adjustment on the six-year, $108 million extension Romo signed last year will save Dallas about $10 million on the salary cap, while the conversions on Lee and Scandrick will cut about $7 million. Lee and Scandrick got new contracts last year as well.

• PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Jason Avant.

The Eagles cut ties with Avant on Tuesday. He played his first eight NFL seasons in Philadelphia and ranks 11th in team history with 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Avant had 38 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season. He had a career-high 53 catches in 2012. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 from the University of Michigan.

The Eagles re-signed free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper last week. Their return made Avant more expendable.

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