The Seattle Seahawks may lose their second-round pick in the upcoming draft, as a result of their failure to disclose a knee injury to cornerback Richard Sherman, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
During an interview Monday with 710 ESPN radio Head Coach Pete Carroll spilled the tea a little bit revealing that Sherman was dealing with an MCL injury for the second half of the season.
The Seahawks are cooperating with the NFL’s investigation. The team feels they should not be penalized because Sherman never missed a snap during the season.
If fined this will not be the Seahawks first fine of the season. The league has already handed the Seahawks a fifth-round forfeiture on September 19 for a repeat violation of rules governing off-season workouts. Sources have stated that the penalty to a second round forfeiture is under real consideration.
A draft pick is not the only thing under consideration. The League is looking to add on additional fines to the franchise and coach Carroll.
In the Sept. 19 findings, the Seahawks were fined $400,000 and Carroll was fined $200,000 for what the league termed violations of rules that prohibit excessive on-field physical contact. This was during a June 6 organized team activity OTA practice. The team was also docked its fifth-round draft pick for 2017 and lost its first week of OTAs (three practices) for the ’17 offseason.
Sherman has been listed as limited” or “did not practice” on a number of occasions but the reason was always “non-injury related”, expect for one time when an ankle injury was noted. The team never said anything about this knee injury that Coach Carroll stated as “serious”. Not disclosing this information is a violation of the league injury-reporting policy.
The NFL has been closely reviewing all of Seattle’s practice reports this week, in addition to gathering more information from the club, to reach a final determination on penalties, sources said.