May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches his players stretch before an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
The Seattle Seahawks will lose their two OTAs as a result of violating non-contact rules in offseason workouts.
Because the Seattle Seahawks decided to initiate contact against each other in OTAs (a strictly forbidden practice at all offseason workouts), they were duly punished. The NFLPA and the NFL Management council ruled that the Seahawks were in violation of the CBA, and that June 6 and 7 OTAs are now cancelled, and a June 8 workout has also been marked off for Seahawks. Those practice days are now lost forever to the Seahawks.
Although we don't have word yet on what particular incident sparked this punishment, there was this incident that could have sparked the ire of the NFL. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk files this report.
All this contact and the "nearly taking head off" incident were probably more than enough evidence to bury the case on Seattle and provide the actual punishment.
"We've had great practices," Carroll said in response to the announcement. "Our guys have worked like crazy and met every expectation to get the job done. We have talked all of the time about taking care of one another and working to keep it safe -- play within the guidelines, and we probably stretched this limit, obviously, by this indication. I'm not surprised by that. We're as competitive as you can be, and we're a young football team. Most of these guys have never been in an OTA practice, so this is their first time to get a small of it. As we go through this, we've had to learn, and I think our best practice was maybe our last one.
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