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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.

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59 Responses to “NFL declines comment on Seahawks’ failure to disclose Richard Sherman injury”
  1. cdysart101 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:10 PM

    See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

  2. sloiggles says: Jan 16, 2017 3:14 PM

    Vegas probably knew

  3. shoutin' get off my lawn says: Jan 16, 2017 3:16 PM

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

  4. dpdonny says: Jan 16, 2017 3:18 PM

    How is that different from any of the Patriots’ ‘-gates’?”

    Um, it wasn’t the Patriots, so …

  5. charger383 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:19 PM

    Seahawks are allowed to get away with things that become federal cases with other teams

  6. shaggytoodle says: Jan 16, 2017 3:21 PM

    Big fine and I think at least a 5th round pick and if they find out when he was hurt for every two weeks he wasn’t listed move it up round

  7. tyelee says: Jan 16, 2017 3:22 PM

    Sounds like Seahawks making excuses to save face…
    We all saw Sherm epic fail!

  8. LoCoSu@%s says: Jan 16, 2017 3:24 PM

    I’m surprised the ‘league source’ thinks the NFL has any integrity.

  9. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 16, 2017 3:24 PM

    Ted Wells on line 1

  10. mgilbert007 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:25 PM

    stay classy Seattle.

  11. mvp43 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:27 PM

    The Pete Carroll way

  12. Ron Jull says: Jan 16, 2017 3:28 PM

    Carrol used to coach the Pats….maybe he taught the hoodie a few tricks

    Lol

  13. 6ball says: Jan 16, 2017 3:29 PM

    .
    “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’?”

    ——-
    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.
    .

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

    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.

  15. justafanofnfl says: Jan 16, 2017 3:31 PM

    The league did nothing with the Colts, the league will do nothing here with Seattle.

  16. LSUStrong says: Jan 16, 2017 3:32 PM

    “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’?”
    ===================================

    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.

  17. thisonesforpat says: Jan 16, 2017 3:32 PM

    “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.

  18. joeychittwood says: Jan 16, 2017 3:34 PM

    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

  19. otheirony says: Jan 16, 2017 3:34 PM

    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?

  20. mongo3401 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:36 PM

    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

  21. josh1973sun says: Jan 16, 2017 3:36 PM

    All we are missing is a report from the four letter network that 11 of 12 Seattle injury reports were significantly under reported.

  22. mysportsrumors says: Jan 16, 2017 3:41 PM

    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.

    ——

    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

  23. celticsforever says: Jan 16, 2017 3:43 PM

    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.

  24. LSUStrong says: Jan 16, 2017 3:45 PM

    “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.
    ==================================

    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?

  25. dsigrey says: Jan 16, 2017 3:47 PM

    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!

  26. bradyisababy says: Jan 16, 2017 3:48 PM

    This isn’t amateur hour. If you want to cheat, talk to the best. The New England Cheetahs! Nobody does it better!

    Bill for Sale

  27. dragonfly99 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:48 PM

    Rules don’t apply to Cheatin’ Pete Carroll.

  28. dptbs77 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:51 PM

    such a joke that goddell is…

  29. redclaw1314 says: Jan 16, 2017 3:53 PM

    It’s all about integrity Roger.

  30. swineflooo says: Jan 16, 2017 3:54 PM

    Love the consistency with the nfl. Its like they dont even try to hide their biases anymore

  31. jr4real says: Jan 16, 2017 3:54 PM

    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.

  32. sportzfan says: Jan 16, 2017 3:57 PM

    So if I lost my 4 team parlay because of Sherman’s injury can I get a refund?

  33. jbdvks says: Jan 16, 2017 4:05 PM

    Truth is if fans aren’t willing to move on, the NFL will continue its evolution into WWE.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. jstamper3377 says: Jan 16, 2017 4:28 PM

    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.

  37. acgrow says: Jan 16, 2017 4:28 PM

    I see a lot of jealous people crying about nothing. Dry your tears and hope your team doesn’t suck so bad, next year.

  38. shotgunnoblitz says: Jan 16, 2017 4:28 PM

    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.

  39. Della Street says: Jan 16, 2017 4:46 PM

    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

    _____________

    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.”

  40. ktimmmtb says: Jan 16, 2017 4:56 PM

    They didn’t have to report it as ‘Butt Hurt’ isn’t technically an injury.

  41. buckswig says: Jan 16, 2017 5:03 PM

    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.

  42. ocgunslinger says: Jan 16, 2017 5:09 PM

    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.

  43. pioniere says: Jan 16, 2017 5:28 PM

    As always, the NFL is making it up as they go along.

  44. rugolin says: Jan 16, 2017 5:43 PM

    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.

  45. carloswlassiter says: Jan 16, 2017 5:54 PM

    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.
    ————————————————————-
    The Cowboys haven’t been an elite team for 20 years.

  46. johnwaldron8 says: Jan 16, 2017 6:39 PM

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

    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.

  47. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 16, 2017 6:40 PM

    If he didn’t miss any games, who cares? Teams shouldn’t have to report injuries at all anyway.

  48. factpurveyor says: Jan 16, 2017 7:35 PM

    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.

    ———————————————————–
    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.

  49. bert1913 says: Jan 16, 2017 7:37 PM

    the nfl is only worried about the point spread. since the falcons covered, no harm no foul

  50. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 16, 2017 7:37 PM

    Did they have anything to say about Antonio Brown’s Facebook video?

  51. youbettercallsaul says: Jan 16, 2017 7:39 PM

    Did they include his ego and his mouth on the injury report after the game?

  52. ricko1112 says: Jan 16, 2017 7:52 PM

    Were the Colts fined for hiding broken ribs and lacerated kidneys during the 2015 season?

  53. marima07 says: Jan 16, 2017 8:29 PM

    The difference between this and any of the “gates” attributed to the Patriots, is that the Patriots didn’t lie.

  54. nhpats says: Jan 16, 2017 8:40 PM

    Since Earl Thomas went down Sherman has been exposed as an average CB with a very big mouth.

  55. cadreamer1969 says: Jan 16, 2017 11:46 PM

    Did the NFL tell you to buzz off?

  56. twinfan24 says: Jan 16, 2017 11:49 PM

    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?

  57. breadmeatcheese says: Jan 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    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?

  58. tbisgod says: Jan 17, 2017 12:08 AM

    We would have lost a pick by now…

  59. belugataxi says: Jan 17, 2017 9:45 AM

    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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