Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances on Thursday, making him eligible for the NFL playoffs. The decision was made by former NFL executive Bob Wallace.
Sherman was steadfast since news broke of his pending suspension that he believed he would win on appeal. Sherman's appeal was based on errors in the chain of custody of his sample and that there were mistakes made by the tester. Sherman, who made his appeal late last week, also had expressed a desire to pursue his case further in court if the suspension hadn't been overturned.
The decision makes Sherman eligible for the Seahawks' season finale against St. Louis and, more importantly, the playoffs. Seattle has played the past three weeks without fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner, who is serving a four-game suspension for a banned substance violation.