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Seattle Seahawks fined, lose pick for practice violation

 

The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were fined by the NFL and the team will forfeit its 2017 fifth-round draft choice due to violating the league's rule against "on-field physical contact" during an organized team activity in June.

 

The Seahawks were fined $400,000 and Carroll was fined $200,000. The Seahawks also will forfeit their first week of OTAs (covering three days) in 2017. Seahawks players will be paid for the canceled sessions, the NFL announced.

 

The violation occurred from an OTA session on June 6. The NFL and NFLPA independently reviewed on-field video of the practice before agreeing that the Seahawks violated the "no-contact" rule.

 

In notifying the Seahawks of the discipline, the NFL cited Appendix G of the collective bargaining agreement, which states "voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The intensity and tempo of drills should be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority, and not at a level where one player is in a physical contest with another player."

 

Monday's discipline is the third time Carroll and the Seahawks have been penalized for breaking the "no-contact" rules. In 2014, the Seahawks were fined $300,000 and lost practice time the following year for violating the rule during a mandatory minicamp. And in 2012, Carroll and the Seahawks were fined an undisclosed amount and forfeited two OTAs the following season for violating the rule.

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