Seattle Seahawks and Coach Pete Carroll Fined for Rules Violation

Pete Carroll is entering his fifth season as Seattle's head coach. (Photo: Ted S. Warren AP)
Pete Carroll is entering his fifth season as Seattle’s head coach.
(Photo: Ted S. Warren AP)

The NFL has stripped the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks of two days of minicamp practice next year as punishment for violations of the collectively bargained rules on contact in offseason practices, league spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

The team and coach Pete Carroll were also fined for the violation, which occurred during their June minicamp, a person with knowledge of the decision said, adding that the team was considered a repeat offender over multiple years.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league did not confirm the fine, first reported by ESPN, which said the Seahawks and Carroll were collectively docked more than $300,000.

“(Seattle) will forfeit its first two days of on-field double practices during its 2015 mandatory minicamp for veteran players and will be permitted a single 2½-hour on-field practice session on the final day of its minicamp,” Aiello told USA TODAY Sports by e-mail.

“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.

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Source: USA Today | Tom Pelissero

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