Seahawks' Browner suspended...Saints ink a kicker...Fletcher ready to retire...Padres get Benoit

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 4:34 PM

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The suspension was announced yesterday and is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last year for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced that veteran Shayne Graham is the team's new kicker, and that Terron Armstead would get his first start at left tackle. The Saints also have signed veteran safety Eric Frampton, who played under current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas last season and is expected to help on special teams.

UNDATED (AP) — Durable linebacker London Fletcher says he's 99 percent sure he will retire after the season. The Redskins mainstay has never missed a game in the NFL, playing in 254 consecutive games, the longest streak by a defensive player since the 1970 merger. The 38-year old also started 213 in a row, the all-time mark for a linebacker.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says former Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit (BEHN'-wah) has accepted a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Padres, pending a physical. Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances last season after becoming the closer. He is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith.

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox, along with minor league reliever Chris Martin for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera. The Rockies also sent reliever Josh Outman to Cleveland for outfielder Drew Stubbs. And the Atlanta Braves have acquired Ryan Doumit (DOH'-mit) from the Minnesota Twins for left-handed pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin.

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