The Seattle Seahawks might lose a high-round draft pick.
Towards the end of the season, the Seattle Seahawks failed to disclose an injury to star corner Richard Sherman. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Seahawks might lose their second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft as a result.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 19, 2017
In a recent radio interview with 710 ESPN Radio, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll revealed Sherman was dealing with an MCL injury for the second half of the season.
According to ESPN, the Seahawks listed Sherman as “limited” or “did not participate” in several practices near the end of the season. During those practices the Seahawks listed Sherman’s absence as “not injury related.” The NFL requires its teams to disclose injuries.
The NFL already fined and punished Seattle for an earlier incident this year surrounding the team’s excessive on-field physical contact. Seattle was docked a fifth-round draft pick and fined $400,000 for that incident.
Instead of adding to the punishments already doled out on the Seahawks, the NFL could take away a higher-round draft pick from the team’s previous incident. Instead of a taking away a fifth-round pick, the Seahawks would lose a second-round pick.