As we noted earlier, Richard Seymour is reportedly in possession of the “five-day letter” requiring him to show up for work with the Raiders.
There is some discrepancy as to when Seymour received the letter. Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald says it was “hand delivered” to Seymour on Thursday. Adam Schefter of ESPN contends that Seymour got the letter Friday.
The Raiders? They won’t say whether the letter, which gives Seymour five days from time of receipt to report to the team or have his 2009 season possibly ended, was even sent.
The day Seymour received the letter (or when it was delivered) of course dictates when his deadline to appear is. If he got it Thursday, he has until Tuesday. If it was received Friday (removing socks for counting purposes) he has until Wednesday.
Raiders coach Tom Cable’s “update” of the situation today went thusly, according to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times: “Until, you know, we have some facts on what is or isn’t going to happen, I’ve really felt like it’s not an issue until we have something concrete. So with that in mind it’s just been business as usual . . . I think we are all hoping that he’s going to show up.”
One would assume that to be the case.
League officials have maintained all week that it’s an issue they are not commenting on. A league spokesman has not yet responded to an e-mail to an NFL spokesman asking for clarification on Seymour’s deadline for reporting.