NFL declines comment on Seahawks’ failure to disclose Richard Sherman injury

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Amazingly, the Seahawks blatantly violated the rules of the NFL’s injury reports by concealing a knee injury to cornerback Richard Sherman. Even more amazingly, coach Pete Carroll freely admitted to it.

Not surprisingly, the NFL is saying nothing about it. Reached by PFT for comment on the situation, the NFL had none.

Actually, that’s a little surprising. In past situations like this, the league has at times acknowledged that it is reviewing the matter. In this case, the league hasn’t even gone that far. (The league took a similar approach when Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele was a surprise scratch on a Thursday night due to an illness that was not previously disclosed by the team.)

One league source expressed outrage over the Sherman situation, pointing out that deliberate failure to comply with injury-reporting rules compromises the integrity of the game in a significant way.

“They flat-out lied week after week to the league and the public,” the source said. “How is that different from any of the Patriots’ ‘-gates’?”

As the NFL prepares to authorize the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, full compliance with the injury-reporting rules becomes paramount to the integrity of and public confidence in professional football. Transparency regarding potential violations becomes even more important, since the public needs to know when teams have been caught cheating when it comes to the injury reports.

Unless, of course, cheating on the injury reports is so widespread that the league doesn’t want the public (or the public servants who work in Congress) to realize that the violations are sufficiently rampant to amount to inherent corruption.

It’s frankly impossible to know whether and to what extent violations have occurred if the NFL’s position is going to be to say “no comment” and move on, hopeful that everyone else will move on, too.

59 responses to “NFL declines comment on Seahawks’ failure to disclose Richard Sherman injury

  1. Sherman’s pride was injured after the Falcons roasted him on a spit in Seattle during the regular season.

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    “They flat-out lied week after week to the league and the public,” the source said. “How is that different from any of the Patriots’ ‘-gates’?”

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    In Framegate the league claimed Tom Brady was generally aware of tampered balls. In this case Pete Carroll publicly admitted that the Seahawks gamed the injury list for half of the season. Luckily, Goodell is a honest arbiter and will dispense ” his own brand of industrial justice “. IOW….. case dismissed.
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  3. No biggie. It’s not like they gained a competitive advantage. Only matters to Vegas. Good ole Rog will take care of everything. Funny how the Seahawks are hated as if they were a really good team as opposed to a team that has 1 SB win after years and years of irrelevance. Such hatred is usually reserved for the elite teams like the Steelers, Cowboys, or Patriots.

  4. “They flat-out lied week after week to the league and the public,” the source said. “How is that different from any of the Patriots’ ‘-gates’?”
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    You tell em Jonathan Kraft!!
    Of course, we already knew that the league doesn’t really view this a violation given that they said so about the whole Andrew Luck with broken ribs incident.

  5. “As the NFL prepares to authorize the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, full compliance with the injury-reporting rules becomes paramount to the integrity of and public confidence in professional football.”

    One has nothing to do with the other. Reporting injuries in compliance with league policy is paramount. Seattle must be punished like a New England. But all that has Not One Thing to do with Oakland’s relo.

  6. You need to realize that the ONLY reason they have the injury report set up as they do with the requirements there in is for Vegas and the betting line…. otherwise all teams are doing is letting other teams know in advance what players and bodyparts to target

  7. If Elliot was a Patriot his domestic situation would have been addressed. It’s about the owners. Jerrah’s party bus has its advantages. The NFL is corrupt. I no longer watch. Just another tradition that has gone the way of the dodo. All teams cheat. Sad.

    What happened to honesty and integrity?

  8. On Osemele , didn’t he have a kidney stone ? Those little babies give no warning at all. When they hit or stick, it’s immediate on your knees praying for the pain to stop. Been there done that

  9. Unless, of course, cheating on the injury reports is so widespread that the league doesn’t want the public (or the public servants who work in Congress) to realize that the violations are sufficiently rampant to amount to inherent corruption.

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    but they didnt mind blowing up the Patriots spot on deflate-gate even though plenty of teams would go into games w/ under or over inflated balls

  10. Andrew Luck had a punctured kidney or liver or something – like life threatening – and somehow did the colts not only NOT report it, they didn’t receive any discipline because of it. Precedent has been set I would think. Good luck trying to nail a team on this now after once again showing their colt favoritism.

  11. “As the NFL prepares to authorize the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, full compliance with the injury-reporting rules becomes paramount to the integrity of and public confidence in professional football.”

    One has nothing to do with the other. Reporting injuries in compliance with league policy is paramount. Seattle must be punished like a New England. But all that has Not One Thing to do with Oakland’s relo.
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    But it does have to do with preventing gamblers from knowing about injuries that are not publicly disclosed. And Vegas has everything to do with gambling. See the connection now?

  12. Seattle are repeat offenders of crap like this and yet there will be no mention of it from Roger. How many times have they been caught with training camp infractions? Fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks better be coming Roger!

  13. Steelers or Pats would have lost picks. I don’t know why ppl assume the NFL loves the Steelers. I think even Park Ave is jealous of these 2 orgs.

  14. SO different than the Patriots putting Tom Brady on the report *every single week* am I right

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    Not accurate but whatever. It’s funny how when it’s your team that gets caught cheating the old “everybody is doing it” excuse comes out. Seattle are repeat offenders. They have more documented offenses than the pats but without the rings nobody cares.

  15. I’m not sure on the rules, but i thought that injuries only got reported if it caused any alterations in practice procedures for the players? Players play all the time with little bumps and such but are never reported because it didnt qualify as a injury report worthy injury. I dont know the rule there, but i always thought it had to do with actual effects, not the injury itself.

  16. Hawknballs says:
    Jan 16, 2017 4:08 PM
    SO different than the Patriots putting Tom Brady on the report *every single week* am I right

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    No, you are wrong. The deal is to report injuries, limitations. Brady, not surprisingly, had/has a sore right (throwing) shoulder. There was never a doubt he wouldn’t play. Hence, “Tom Brady, right shoulder, probable.”

  17. I think reducing the Seahawks gameday roster to 40 for the first 8 games of next season is the right way to go. Your move, Goodell.

  18. NFL integrity = pissed off fans…hence the NFL desire to develop teams in Europe and Mexico. Need to replace a lot of fans as shown/proven by the ratings this year.

  19. That is probably a good excuse why Julio Jones was eating Sherman’s lunch for the whole game. the irony is for a guy who likes to tell everyone the truth as he sees it that is a lot of lying,cheating and manipulating on his and his team’s part. Don’t even start with Sherman getting busted for PEDs.

  20. spotsdad says:
    Jan 16, 2017 3:30 PM

    Funny how the Seahawks are hated as if they were a really good team as opposed to a team that has 1 SB win after years and years of irrelevance. Such hatred is usually reserved for the elite teams like the Steelers, Cowboys, or Patriots.
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    The Cowboys haven’t been an elite team for 20 years.

  21. SO different than the Patriots putting Tom Brady on the report *every single week* am I right
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    You’re right. There is a huge difference between putting a player who has an injury, but is able to practice and play on the injury report as probable versus saying that a player missing practice is not injury related, even though that player is actually injured.

  22. greenmtnboy31 says:
    Jan 16, 2017 4:08 PM

    Add some more tarnish to the shield Roger, you are doing great at hiding any integrity from public view.

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    That shield is forever stained due to the NFL not telling the fans the results of the PSI testing that was done in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

    It’s now obvious to anyone with more than 2 working brain cells that the information is being kept secret because it exonerates Tom Brady.

  23. Before this season, the NFL changed the injury report. They removed the Probable designation. That leaves Questionable (50/50) and truly not knowing if they will play, or Doubtful, meaning they are unlikely to play, and then Out.

    If the players in question did not miss practices and were not in doubt of playing on Sunday, why would they be listed on the injury report?

    I get that Carroll can push ethics, but how exactly do teams then list players that they think have zero chance of missing time?

  24. does kaela carpenter want to castrate whomever hurt richard sherman’s knee? or does she just want to hot knife richard’s testicles, and not necessarily all those who cause knee injuries?

  25. Don’t the (expletive) Seahawks already have enough enough problems? (Yes, Florio, I AM going to run this into the (expletive) ground!)

    And Mongo3401: I also have been there, done that! Sadly, several times. I’ve had women tell me they would rather give birth again than have another kidney stone.

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