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Notes: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wins appeal

Richard Sherman will be available for the playoffs.

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Richard Sherman will be available for the playoffs.

Even when others were suggesting he drop his case and accept his punishment, Richard Sherman never strayed from his steadfast belief that his four-game suspension would be overturned.

As unlikely as it seemed, Sherman was right.

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The Seahawks will now have one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL available for the playoffs after Sherman won his appeal Thursday of a suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances.

‘‘I know what the truth is and anybody else who knows anything knows what the truth is. The truth has been told today,’’ Sherman said.

The decision that was made by former NFL executive Bob Wallace came early Thursday morning. Sherman was called by his lawyer and simply announced in the Seahawks locker room, ‘‘I won.’’

A team already rolling on the field with four straight wins got even more good news.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail the league is reviewing the decision.

Sherman was steadfast since news broke of his suspension that he believed he would win on appeal. The appeal was based on errors in the chain of custody of Sherman’s urine sample and that there were mistakes made by the tester.

Jets’ McElroy out

Greg McElroy has a concussion — which he didn’t reveal until Thursday — and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the Jets’ starting quarterback in Sunday’s finale at Buffalo.

‘‘We’ve come to find out that Greg wasn’t exactly truthful with our training staff after the game,’’ said coach Rex Ryan. “He never disclosed that he had symptoms after the game to our trainers. Right now, he’s being evaluated for a concussion.’’

McElroy, preparing to make his second NFL start in place of the benched Sanchez, was lifting weights Thursday morning and started experiencing headaches, Ryan said. McElroy went to the training staff and then revealed he was suffering concussion-like symptoms after being sacked 11 times in last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.

‘‘I admire his courage and everything else, but you have to be truthful and I think that’s the lesson learned here with the medical staff,’’ said Ryan.

Ryan said he chose to start Sanchez over Tim Tebow because the team has just two practices and a walkthrough before the game. He also cited Sanchez’s success against the Bills in the season opener.

‘‘Tim’s not happy with that, as you’d expect,’’ Ryan said.

Brent well above limit

Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit at the time of the car crash that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown, according to documents released by police. Brent was tested after the crash in the early hours of Dec. 8 at 0.189 percent, well above the Texas limit of 0.08. The crash report also says Brent was driving with an expired and suspended driver’s license obtained in Illinois, where he pleaded guilty three years ago to driving under the influence . . . Dick LeBeau, the Steelers’ 75-year-old defensive coordinator, plans to return in 2013 for what would be a 55th consecutive season in the NFL . . . Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for a hit on Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz last Sunday. Reed was suspended for one game in November for his third hit on a defenseless player in a four-year span. Reed appealed, and the suspension was replaced with a $50,000 fine.

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