The league has dinged the Seahawks 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 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 ½-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 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.”
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 Network and NFL.com, who was here at Seahawks camp yesterday, reports via Twitter that the “NFL requested the tapes of their #Seahawks practices, which included a fight, deemed CBA violations to have occurred. They appealed & lost”
Article 22 of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with its players specifies that teams are allowed to have one mandatory minicamp that must happen during “phase three” of offseason workouts. Article 21, section II of the CBA specifies what can and cannot happen during phase three of offseason workouts, including “No live contact is permitted.” The CBA prohibits one-on-one or offense-versus-defense drills and pass-rush drills between offensive and defensive linemen in these offseason workouts.
“Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells (almost shoulder pads worn under practice jerseys in less-than-full-contact practices) are permitted,” the CBA states.
The Seahawks haven’t done any full contact or tackling in any of their training-camp or preseason practices. Coach Pete Carroll has stated his curiosity in seeing how his team tackles and is conditioning-wise during exhibition games this month, given they haven’t been hitting other than in interior line play during practices this preseason.