Seahawks Reportedly Issued Warning for Not Reporting Richard Sherman Injury

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Seattle did not disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury on the injury report last season. That second-rounder, according to Mortensen, would have been a stiffening of the punishment the National Football League handed down to the Seahawks in September for their latest violation of offseason practice rules, which was a fifth-round pick.

A few weeks ago, the National Football League (or someone who is very familiar with their inner workings) strategically leaked that the Seahawks might be docked a second-round pick for not putting Sherman on the injury report. "He was okay, so I don't know, he never missed anything I guess is probably why (it wasn't reported)". Instead, the Seahawks tended to list him as absent from practices for "non-injury related" issues. The NFL rules regarding the reporting of injuries are specific, and while Sherman missed practice time, it was never connected to the injury. In Week 12, Sherman was listed with an ankle injury.

Deemed a "misinterpretation of rules" per Garafolo, the Seahawks are facing no further discipline on the matter unless a similar situation arises in the future.

NFL Network first reported the news of the NFL's warning.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed to 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Salk" two days after the team's playoff loss to Atlanta that Sherman dealt with a "significant" MCL injury during the second half of the season.

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