In his end of season press conference, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll noted that cornerback Richard Sherman had played with a sprained MCL for half of the year. But Sherman was never listed on the injury reports as having such an ailment, only missing regular practices for Non-Injury Related reasons. Well, that’s a no-no in the NFL and Chris Mortensen reported on Thursday that the team could now lose a 2017 second round pick because of it.
Mortensen also notes that the team would not be losing an additional pick, but it would be an upgrade of the 2017 5th round pick they already had taken away from them earlier in the season because of repeat OTA violations. Again, the team already had lost a 5th round pick, and now the NFL could just make that them losing a 2nd, 3rd, OR 4th round pick.
As @guga31bb pointed out, the Indianapolis Colts were not punished in any way for failing to report injuries to Andrew Luck a year ago:
And I tend to agree with Sam Hawkbadger on the “2nd round” being used for some dramatic effect:
Guessing Mort went with the 2nd rounder as the worst possible scenario for dramatic effect. Doubt it ends up being that bad— Sam HawkBadger (@hwkbgr) January 19, 2017
Seattle is set to pick 26th overall in the first round, so their second round pick should be 58th overall. That would be a pretty significant blow for what seems like a pretty insignificant violation. The NFL has a pretty on-the-record history though for punishing good teams much more harshly than bad ones.