-- The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were fined by the NFL, the league announced Monday. Seattle will forfeit its 2017 fifth-round draft choice for violating the NFL's rule against "on-field physical contact" during an organized team activity in June.
The Seahawks were fined $400,000, and Carroll was fined $200,000. The Seahawks will also forfeit their first week of OTAs (covering three days) in 2017. Seahawks players will be paid for the canceled sessions, the NFL announced.
The violation occurred from an OTA session on June 6. The NFL and NFLPA independently reviewed on-the-field video of the practice before agreeing that the Seahawks violated the no-contact rule.
The violation occurred when two players who were not wearing helmets collided, and their heads hit each other, a league source told ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. The league reviewed the play and deemed it excessive.
In notifying the Seahawks of the discipline, the NFL cited Appendix G of the collective bargaining agreement, which states "voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The intensity and tempo of drills should be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority, and not at a level where one player is in a physical contest with another player."
Monday's discipline is the third time Carroll and the Seahawks have been penalized for breaking the no-contact rules. In 2014, the Seahawks were fined $300,000 and lost practice time the next year for violating the rule during a mandatory minicamp. In 2012, Carroll and the Seahawks were fined an undisclosed amount and forfeited two OTAs the next season for violating the rule.