Seahawks, Carroll fined $300K for physical practices
Seahawks, Carroll fined $300k for fights and physical practices
The Seattle Seahawks may be the reason the league is clamping down on pushy play in the secondary, but the NFL also is policing how physical the defending Super Bowl champs are away from game action.
Head coach Pete Carroll and the team were fined a combined $300,000 for practices being too physical, the NFL announced Tuesday. Seattle will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and will be permitted one 2 1/2-hour practice on the final day. Seattle's players will be paid for all three days of the camp.
According to USA Today, as explained by league spokesman Greg Aiello:
"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."
The Seahawks were also fined and lost two OTA practices for a violation of contact rules in 2012.
The latest infraction came to light because of publicly available video of the incident, the person with knowledge of the decision said.
The minicamp this past June was highlighted by a fight between All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates that was caught by television cameras.
Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 offseason due to excessive contact.