Report: Seahawks unlikely to be penalized for handling of Richard Sherman injury
Feb 5, 2017, 10:19 AM | Updated: Feb 6, 2017, 10:28 am
The Seahawks are reportedly not expected to receive a major penalty from the NFL for not disclosing a knee injury that, according to coach Pete Carroll, bothered cornerback Richard Sherman for the second half of the 2016 season.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Sunday that the Seahawks are unlikely to be penalized heavily, if at all, for their handling of Sherman’s injury.
#Seahawks can breathe easier. Sources say they’re not expected to be penalized heavily – if at all – for not disclosing Sherman’s MCL injury
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2017
Rapoport added: “Sherman injury materials were provided to the league. As the inquiry wraps up, it’s clear it was not an egregious rule violation.”
Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” following the team’s playoff loss to Atlanta that Sherman played through a “significant” knee injury, though the cornerback never missed any significant playing time. According to an ESPN report, the Seahawks faced a penalty potentially as stiff as the forfeiture of a second-round pick.
Seahawks GM John Schneider told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Jan. 26 that the team didn’t feel as if the team had done “anything that was out of the norm” or to avoid the rules, noting that Carroll was simply sticking up for the “the different bumps and bruises and issues that Richard had.”
As 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brady Henderson reported, by the letter of the law, teams are required to list “significant or noteworthy injuries” even if it’s certain the player will still play. Danny O’Neil explained his take on the situation and the “stupidity” of the injury protocol last month.