Seahawks Will Not Be Heavily Penalized For Richard Sherman Incident

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that the Seahawks will not be heavily penalized, if they are penalized at all, for failing to disclose via injury report that cornerback Richard Sherman played the 2016 season with a significant MCL injury.

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After Seattle’s season came to an end in the divisional round of the playoffs, head coach Pete Carroll revealed that his star corner had battled the injury all season. But while Sherman appeared on the “did not participate in practice” report in 11 separate weeks, his absence was explained as “not injury-related” in 10 such weeks. The other week was officially chalked up to an ankle injury.

As such, the team was clearly in violation of league policy, and it might have lost a second-round pick as a result. Carroll might also have received a fine. Last September, of course, the league fined Carroll $200K and heavily punished the Seahawks – they received a $400K fine to go along with a loss of a a fifth-round pick and a week of OTAs – after they violated its rules regarding contact practices in the offseason.

But according to Rapoport (via Twitter), Sherman’s injury materials were provided to the league, even if the team was lax in reporting the injury to its opposition. As such, Rapoport believes the violation is not viewed as an egregious one, and the team may escape punishment entirely. The league’s inquiry into the matter is wrapping up, and an official decision will presumably be announced soon.

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  1. mcase7187

    But if it was the pats they would lose a 1st and 4th and Belichick would be suspended for the season

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    • bravesfan1998

      What you mean he’s not deflating footballs he’s playing hurt

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      • JT19

        It’s a violation to not list a player on the injury report if they are injured/banged up (Every player is banged up by the end of the year, I think it comes down to whether or not they get treatment or skip/miss practice that a team has to report it). I do agree [email protected] to some degree. If the Pats did this, fans would be calling for them to get a heavy penalty and it wouldn’t shock me if Goodell would do it just out of spite.

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    • Matthew Madsen

      You may wanna read up on the realationship with the Patriots and the NFL . You’re right they have received unfair treatment but opposite of what you think.

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  2. The league was ready to strip a draft pick from USC’s most well known cheater and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Once the Steelers were found to have made a similar violation with Le’veon Bell injury the league office realized in order to punish Seattle they would have to punish the Steelers magically Seattle was off the hook. Just like when the Giants caught the steelers with under inflated balls. If it’s the Mara’s team with walkie talkies or the Rooney’s team with anything it’s always no big deal or even more common reaction of nothing to see here! Your welcome Pete courtesy of the teams that live above the rules.

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