The NFL has confirmed that the Seahawks have been penalized for violating the league’s policies regarding contact during mini-camp practices in June.
The NFL has confirmed the Seahawks will also lose two their first mini-camp practices in 2015 while the Times has confirmed an earlier ESPN report that the Seahawks will be fined more than $300,000.
It’s believed the penalties stem from a practice that occurred on June 18 that included a fight between cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Phil Bates.
After a review of that practice, the NFL determined that the Seahawks had “excessive levels of on-field contact.” The Seahawks appealed the ruling and were denied.
The NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has strict guidelines on what is permissible during mini-camp practices.
Specifically, the rule states: “There will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps.”
ESPN reported that coach Pete Carroll was fined “at least” $100,000 while the team was also fined an additional $200,000.
The Seahawks had no official comment.
The Seahawks were also fined in 2012 for violating the rules regarding contact during Organized Team Activities.
UPDATE: The NFL has since officially confirmed the violation. Here is the NFL’s statement:
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 ½-hour on-field practice session on the final day of its minicamp. Seahawks players will be paid for the cancelled 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.