August 27, 2014 in Sports

Seahawks penalized for too much contact at mandatory veteran minicamp

Gregg Bell Tacoma News Tribune
 
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The Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were penalized for too much contact during minicamp.
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RENTON, Wash. – The league has dinged the Seahawks and Pete Carroll for practicing too hard.

The NFL confirmed to The News Tribune Tuesday news first reported earlier in the day by ESPN’s Chris Mortenson that the league has penalized the Seahawks and their coach for too much contact during their mandatory veteran minicamp in June.

“The Seahawks will forfeit its first two days of on-field double practices during its 2015 mandatory minicamp for veteran players and will be permitted a single 2 1/2-hour on-field practice session on the final day of its minicamp,” league spokesman Randall Liu wrote in an email to The News Tribune. “Seahawks players will be paid for the canceled practice sessions. The violation was for permitting the club’s players to engage in excessive levels of on-field physical contact during the team’s 2014 mandatory minicamp for veteran players.”

Carroll was fined, though it is unclear how much he has to pay of the NFL’s $300,000 fine to the Seahawks in this case. The league spokesman didn’t confirm details of the fine.

A Seahawks spokesman said: “We will defer to the league.”

The Seahawks had a mandatory veteran minicamp with media availability beginning on Tuesday, June 17 and running through June 19. This violation occurred then.

June 18 was the day wide receiver Phil Bates fought with cornerback Richard Sherman on the field during an OTA practice.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, who was here at Seahawks camp Monday, reported via Twitter the “NFL requested the tapes of their Seahawks practices, which included a fight, deemed CBA violations to have occurred. They appealed & lost”

Cut-down day

Injuries and injury settlements are how the Seahawks got down to the NFL’s mandated 75-player roster by Tuesday’s deadline.

They waived-injured defensive tackle Michael Brooks, wide receiver David Gilreath and linebacker Horace Miller.

Seattle also placed backup middle linebacker and 2013 special-teams captain Heath Farwell (groin), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle) and C.J. Davis (calf) on the season-ending injured-reserve list.

The Seahawks also placed cornerback Eric Pinkins on their reserve-non-football- injury list.

Seattle’s next roster deadline is Saturday at 1 p.m., when it has to get the roster down to 53 for the start of the regular season.

Notes

S Kam Chancellor left the field late in the hot practice and went into the locker room. The team said he got sick. … WRs Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin were excused from practice.


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