Seahawks, Mychal Kendricks remain in limbo about suspension
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday he's been in contact with the NFL regarding a review of the indefinite suspension given to linebacker Mychal Kendricks and is hopeful some sort of decision will come early next week.
Kendricks met with league officials earlier this week, according to Carroll, and the Seahawks have been awaiting word on whether the suspension may be reduced and whether they might have the linebacker available at some point later in the regular season.
"I did hear some more and the league is still working on where they are going with it. I'm hopeful by the end of this week, maybe something early next week that they have some kind of decision here," Carroll said. "That's kind of hopeful on my part. They haven't guaranteed us that at all. But they have gone through the process and they have come out of it with the direction that they've got to come up with where this fits and trying to measure what to do next. They're on it, it should happen fairly soon."
The league declined to comment about Kendricks on Friday.
Kendricks was placed on indefinite suspension by the league earlier this month after he pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges. The suspension — which fell under the personal-conduct policy — had been anticipated following his plea in early September. Kendricks is not scheduled to be sentenced in his legal case until January.
"I've just been in support of him and tried to stay abreast of it," Carroll said. "Really what I'm concerned about is Mychal and trying to keep him in tune of what is going on because it is a very difficult situation to kind of be in limbo. He's got some big stuff coming up in January but this is different, this is a different set of circumstances and he's working with the league and hoping he can get a sense for where it fits so he can get his mind right. I've just been trying to get information to help (Mychal) kind of make sense of all this."
Seattle signed Kendricks prior to Week 2 because of a need at linebacker with K.J. Wright out following knee surgery. It was a controversial signing since Kendricks had pleaded guilty in federal court only days earlier.
Kendricks has started two of the three games he's played with Seattle and played a significant amount of snaps at weakside linebacker for the Seahawks. He had 12 total tackles and a sack in the last two games he played for Seattle prior to his suspension.
NOTES: Carroll said the Seahawks expect both TE Ed Dickson and LB K.J. Wright to make their season debuts Sunday against Detroit. Dickson will need to be activated from the non-football injury list to the active roster in order to play. Wright has been out since having knee surgery in August. ... Only CB Neiko Thorpe (groin) and reserve OL Jordan Simmons (calf) were listed as doubtful on Seattle's final injury report. Thorpe, a major contributor on special teams, suffered a groin strain during Thursday's practice.
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