Despite rumors that the Seattle Seahawks could lose as much as a second round pick for not disclosing a knee injury to Richard Sherman, Ian Rapoport reports on Sunday that they will not be penalized heavily, if at all.
#Seahawks can breathe easier. Sources say they’re not expected to be penalized heavily – if at all – for not disclosing Sherman’s MCL injury— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2017
The salt was heavy on the replies.
@RapSheet joke of a league. Should be docked a first round pick and he should be suspended four games— L (@JustChillin247) February 5, 2017
@RapSheet so teams now can lie about injuries from this point forward correct?— Joe Hardy (@jhard76) February 5, 2017
@jhard76 @RapSheet only Seattle— dg (@alikasams) February 5, 2017
@RapSheet nfl helping seattle? No way!!!— alvaro sosa (@asosa49) February 5, 2017
It’s believed that Seattle will be turning clouds away this year and using the tears from these fans as rain instead.
The Seahawks are already docked a fifth round pick for violating training camp practice rules last year, and it was believed that this punishment would just bump that penalty up from a fifth, to as much as a second.
Seattle may lose 2nd-round pick in 2017 draft as a result of season-long failure to disclose knee injury to Richard Sherman, per @mortreport— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 19, 2017
Perhaps that was never true. Perhaps the NFL realized how they’d be revealing a double-standard, since Andrew Luck and Blake Bortles recently had undisclosed injuries as well with no rumors of penalties for those teams. We may never know, if the league doesn’t penalize the Seahawks for this. Let’s hope we never know.