RENTON — Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman were at Seahawks headquarters Wednesday.
So was the elephant in the room: their possible four-game suspensions.
Everyone knows it’s there even if they aren’t talking about it directly. But with both eligible to play Sunday in Chicago, coach Pete Carroll said he hasn’t seen any evidence of that pachyderm distracting his team.
“Whatever you’re referring to is not an issue in our locker room,” Carroll said. “We’re playing football and going.”
That is the Seahawks’ challenge this week, looking past any big-picture uncertainty to focus on a game that may turn out to be the make-or-break moment of this season. The players’ availability for this week’s game isn’t in question, but Seattle’s playoff chances may hang in the balance.
Seattle is coming off a three-point loss in Miami that just might be the most disappointing defeat of the year. The Seahawks are playing on the road against the Bears, who at 8-3 have the third-best record in the NFC, and Seattle is doing it after reports that two of its best players are appealing violations of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The Seahawks released a joint statement on behalf of Browner and Sherman, which said the pair wouldn’t be making comments until there’s a resolution to the process.