Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's appeal on his performance enhancing substance suspension will be heard Friday by the NFL. Will he play Sunday against the 49ers?

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday on the appeal hearing date.

Danny O'Neil wrote in Tuesday's Seattle Times:

There is no timetable for a ruling on that case, and while Schefter subsequently stated that if the test result is upheld, Sherman could be suspended immediately, the NFL generally imposes a suspension at the beginning of the week and not two days before a game.

There's no hard and fast rule on the timing of a suspension, but that is the general guideline.


Seattle has depth concerns at cornerback going into this Sunday's game against San Francisco. Brandon Browner still has two games left to serve in his banned substance suspension. Marcus Trufant has been out with a hamstring injury, as has Walter Thurmond. Both of those players are not expected to practice Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll hoped that both players would be able to play Sunday.

Rookie Jeremy Lane started at right cornerback Sunday in the victory over Buffalo and second-year cornerback Byron Maxwell also played at length. Ron Parker got time in the second half.

"They're gaining confidence," Carroll said of the youngcornerbacks. "We're seeing reason to trust them more, and it's really crucial for us that that's happening right now."

The Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, with the broadcast starting at 3 p.m. on Newstalk KIT.

Also, the Seahawks were expected to release tight end Evan Moore Tuesday.