EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For Brandon Browner and Brian Tyms, Thursday night was their last activity before their extended and unwanted vacations.
Both players are suspended for the first four games of the regular season as a result of PED policy violations.
Both will be eligible to return Week 5 for the Sunday night game against the Bengals.
“I’ve known my situation all offseason,” said Browner as he dressed in the MetLife Stadium locker room. “I knew it was gonna come sooner or later. My deal is to stay in shape. Four weeks and get back out there when need be.”
Browner had two tackles – one behind the line – and a pass breakup.
He’s been lightly used the past few weeks as the players who’ll be playing earlier have gotten the reps.
He’ll be put on the reserve/suspended list for the duration of the suspension. When he’s activated to the 53-man roster, a player will have to go.
Tyms, meanwhile, is in a less certain situation. He’s been fighting hard for a roster spot at wide receiver and has done about all he could. He had two catches for 25 yards against the Giants and led the team with 11 catches for 188 yards and two scores in the preseason.
He’ll likely be put on the same reserve/suspended list as Browner but when he comes off, it’s uncertain if he’ll be placed on the roster. He could be released, which means he would pass through waivers, and then could be re-signed to the 10-man practice squad.
Suspended players are not allowed to be around the team at all.
“Stay in shape,” said Tyms. “Pray. Keep the faith, man. That’s it. I don’t know yet. I haven’t been told anything yet. Just going day by day. I honestly don’t know how it goes. This is my first time being in this situation. I don’t know what they’re gonna do.”
Whatever the Patriots plan is, we probably won’t learn it until October.