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Mychal Kendricks suspended 8 games, can return in Week 14

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is facing serious jail time for insider trading, but his NFL suspension will be over in six weeks. Kendricks, who was suspended indefinitely before Seattle’s Week 5 contest against the LA Rams, appealed the NFL for a definite timeframe so that he knows when he could return. The league finally gave Kendricks an answer on Tuesday, ruling that he will be suspended eight games with time served, meaning he is eligible to return to practice on November 12 and to game action in Week 14 against the Minnesota Vikings. The report comes from ProFootballTalk and was reaffirmed by Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter.

That means that Kendricks will not be eligible to play in any of the next five games, but he can step in for the stretch run — Seattle’s final four games, beginning with the Vikings on Monday, December 10.

Kendricks played quite well in his three-game stint as he filled in for K.J. Wright at outside linebacker. He had 15 tackles, two sacks, three QB hits, and four tackles for a loss per ProFootballReference. The Seahawks got Wright back last week against the Detroit Lions, and Wright looked like his old self as one of the best WILLs in the game, so it’ll be a crowded — and talented — linebacking corps when Kendricks returns, assuming and hoping that all are healthy. In Wright’s return, Barkevious Mingo saw his snaps on defense decrease to practically nothing, so there’s only so much room to go around.

But given Wright’s prior injury and the time still left between now and December, it should be good for the team to get Kendricks back at that point of the season.

Wright is a free agent after the season and if Kendricks gets a fortunate sentencing, he seems like a player the team would be interested in retaining. It’s of course possible that Kendricks will be losing most, if not all, of his opportunity to play football while he’s still young and healthy enough to do so. For now, he’s gotten some good news.