The Seahawks get starting cornerback Brandon Browner back from a four-game suspension. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

When the Seattle Seahawks secondary hits the field Sunday to take on Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense, they’ll have an extra weapon at their disposal. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner missed the last four regular season games for violation the league’s drug policybut is due to make his return to the lineup for the playoff matchup at FedEx Field.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll called getting Browner back “a big deal.”

“He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here and he’s been a significant factor in the style that we play,” Carroll said. “So when he comes back, we’ll see how he does. It’s been a month so we’ll see how he is, how rusty he is.”

Browner, who had three interceptions before his suspension last month, returns at an important time, as the Seahawks lost a bit of secondary depth this week, placing third-year reserve cornerback Walter Thurmond on injured reserves. Otherwise, Carroll said his squad should enter Sunday’s game relatively healthy.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill were both able to practice Wednesday, as was receiver Sidney Rice and tackle Breno Giacomini.