by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks have been punished by the NFL for a violation of the new collective bargaining agreement that limits contact during offseason workouts.
Per a joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA, the Seahawks violated the rules that prohibit live contact during OTAs.
The team will lose their final two OTA practices on June 6-7 as well as an offseason workout day on June 8. The players will not be allowed to be at the facility during that stretch, but will get paid for the workouts they would have attended.
Seattle will not be allowed to reschedule the missed workouts.
Seattle has their final mini-camp of the offseason from June 12-14.
LB Brian Banks, who was recently exonerated on rape charges that forced him to spend over five years in jail, was scheduled to have a tryout with the Seahawks on June 7. It's unclear as of yet how this punishments affects Banks' workout or if it will need to be rescheduled.
Head coach Pete Carroll issued a statement on the violations Tuesday afternoon.
"In the new day that we’re in with the NFL and all of the new organizational… we have a new system of rules and guidelines," Carroll said. As we practiced through out OTA season here we’ve been trying to find the right tempo to match up with the rules and in that we’ve pushed it. We’re as competitive as you can be in our program and everything about our program is about competing and we’re trying to find out what the limit is and do the right thing.
"So that’s what we’ve been trying to figure out. So as we’ve gone through it, somewhere in here the league took a look at practices and they saw a practice that they didn’t like - not the league but the players association – and they’ve docked us two practices because of the level of work that we’ve been getting done based on that practice.
"We’ve had great practices. Our guys have met every expectation. They have worked like crazy to get the job done. We have talked all of the talk throughout the time about taking care of one another, working to make it safe, play within the guidelines and we probably have stretched this limit, obviously, by this indication. I’m not surprised at that. We’re as competitive as you can be and we have a very young football team. Most of these guys have never been in an OTA practice and so this is their first time to get a smell of it. As we go through this, we’ve had to learn. I think our best practice was maybe our last one, but we still practice really hard and really fast and did it in a teaching mode, which is what we’re asked to do.
"Our guys are going to miss these two days. We’ll come back with mini-camp starting next week and it will be really important to us to do really well there. We’ll be that much smarter about how we can do things right and we’ll continue to work with our young guys to make sure that they understand. Because it’s always about one play here, one play there. It wasn’t play after play after play. It was a few plays that stood out where guys made mistakes trying too hard and competing too much. We’ll find that level.
"I think if nothing else, the league will understand maybe a standard better. We have not had any film to look at. We haven’t had the opportunity to see how it’s supposed to be done, but maybe that’s what we’re creating and we’ll try to look at that as a positive and help everybody understand how this thing goes. It’s a learning process and I’m just thrilled that we’ve had such good work up to this point that our guys get a couple days off here and we’ll come back next week and get working again."