Seahawks lose OTA days for violating non-contact rules

The Seattle Seahawks apparently went a little too far in their offseason workouts.

Now, they’re going to lose two of them.

In a joint statement by the NFL and the NFLPA it was announced the Seahawks will forfeit two of their 10 OTA practice days for violating offseason workout rules. Specifically, the Seahawks had contact during some of their work, a clear no-no in the work rules.

“The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”).
As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.

By rule, NFL teams are not allowed to engage in contact during Organized Team Activities.
The Seahawks violated that rule and they will lose two days of practice time as a result. The NFL and NFLPA announced the penalty in a joint statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days,” the statement read. “As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (Wednesday and Thursday this week) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.”

The OTA sessions must be filmed so anyone with the league could review the practice tapes to determine to what extent the Seahawks – or any other team – was not following protocol.

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