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Published: Tue, September 20, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Seahawks Lose 2017 Draft Pick, More Punishment Revealed for Offseason Violations


The NFL fined the Seattle Seahawks and stripped them of a draft pick for violating off-season workout rules that "prohibit excessive contact", the league said in a statement Monday.

The NFL and NFLPA independently reviewed Seattle's June 6 on-field practice video and agreed the team violated the "no-live-contact" rule of the collective bargaining agreement.

As a result of this violation, the club will be fined $400,000 and will forfeit its first week of 2017 OTAs (three OTA days).

"Voluntary off-season workout programs are meant to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players", the National Football League said in a letter sent to the club.

"We're trying to do this really well and trying to be great at it, and I was really disappointed it came to this".

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. "We got to make sure we're toeing the line ..." Carroll said the incident in question happened when two younger players collided going after a ball during a drill and both were injured from the collision. Coach Pete Carroll also was fined $200,000. Seattle had two minicamp practices taken away in June 2015 for contact rules violations during the 2014 offseason. Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports should the Seahawks violate the rule again, they'll be significantly penalized, including the potential loss of preseason and regular season practices and higher-round draft picks. Seattle's players were allowed to attend meetings, but were limited to just one day of on-field work.

The draft pick is an especially stiff penalty. The Seahawks have scored with later-round picks under Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Defensive backs Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell, linebacker Malcolm Smith and running back Justin Forsett were all selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round or later since 2008.

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