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Seahawks skate on Sherman injury-report snafu

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks reportedly could have lost a second-round pick for violating the injury-reporting rules by not disclosing cornerback Richard Sherman’s knee injury. Ultimately, they lost not a thing.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the league issued a warning to the Seahawks for failing to disclose the Sherman injury. Per Garafolo, the NFL deemed the violation to be a result of a misinterpretation of the rules, given that Sherman fully participated in practice.

Here’s the first problem with that excuse for not issuing punishment: Sherman at times did miss practice, with the designation that the absence wasn’t injury related. For example, he didn’t practice the Thursday before the divisional-round loss to the Falcons. Sherman also didn’t practice on the Thursday before the wild-card win over the Lions. He also didn’t practice on the Thursday before the Week 16 game against the Cardinals.

There’s a second problem. By hiding the injury, the Seahawks shielded Sherman from having the injury “tested” by offenses that otherwise may have attempted to force him to move in various ways at various speeds to see what if any limitations he had. And the injury surely was “significant,” given that coach Pete Carroll disclosed it as part of an effort to excuse the prickliness that Sherman demonstrated at times during the latter stages of the season.

There’s one more problem with the Seahawks getting only a warning. On three occasions since 2012, the Seahawks have been caught violating offseason workout rules. Under the principle that allows penalties to be enhanced via the stacking of violations, the Seahawks arguably should have faced some consequence for committing another violation, even if it happened with respect to a different rule.

Perhaps the Seahawks would have faced a consequence, if the Steelers hadn’t stumbled into the same injury-report rabbit hole when running back Le’Veon Bell disclosed after the AFC title game that he’d been playing with an undisclosed groin injury. If the league office had whacked the Seahawks, the league office would have been required to whack the Steelers. So if the league office didn’t want to whack the Steelers, the league office had to look the other way on the Seahawks.

It sounds cynical, I know. But justice is often meted out at 345 Park Avenue by picking the preferred conclusion and working backward. In this case, it’s entirely possible that the preferred conclusion for the Seahawks was to issue only a warning because the preferred conclusion for the Steelers will be the same thing.

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  1. mysportsrumors says: Feb 14, 2017 2:09 PM

    it’s not the patriots so to the NFL no harm no foul

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:12 PM

    Letting the Seahawks off to protect the Steelers.

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League.

    What a vile little worm of a man he is.

  3. tommymomoney says: Feb 14, 2017 2:12 PM

    Pete rides again! Eat it haters!

  4. weepingjebus says: Feb 14, 2017 2:12 PM

    Integrity.

  5. wte1 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:18 PM

    Belichick misinterpreted the proper location you can film from and it cost them a 1st round pick and a boat load of money!

  6. Deelron says: Feb 14, 2017 2:18 PM

    Good thing they just lied about rules designed to protect the “integrity of the game” instead of smoking weed, I guess.

  7. celticsforever says: Feb 14, 2017 2:18 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:12 PM

    Letting the Seahawks off to protect the Steelers.

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League.

    What a vile little worm of a man he is.
    _______________________________

    This comment is aces A++++ perfect. No need to say anything else on this subject.

  8. ricko1112 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:19 PM

    Unbelievable!

    The NFL spends millions of $$ to fabricate Deflategate. Even when it’s exposed as a lie, NE still loses a 1st, a 4th, and $1M. For the EXACT same offense on the EXACT same day during the EXACT same game, the Cots get…Nothing.

    Goodell stated that all instances of rule breaking will be punished. Since then: Giants tampered with the Steelers’ footballs, Giants using unauthorized headsets on the sidelines, Steelers using deflated footballs, Steelers hiding Bell’s serious injury from the injury report, Seattle hiding Sherman’s injury. Grand total of picks lost and fines…ZERO!

    FIRE GOODELL!

  9. mannyiac says: Feb 14, 2017 2:19 PM

    Is there something fishy going on at 345 Park Avenue?

    Roger that!!

  10. najacoo22 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:19 PM

    “Justice is often meted out at 345 Park Avenue by picking the preferred conclusion and working backward”

    ———–

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  11. kylecleric says: Feb 14, 2017 2:21 PM

    Spygate was a misinterpretation of the rules.

    Deflategate was a misinterpretation of science.

  12. coutre says: Feb 14, 2017 2:23 PM

    Troy Vincent and hand-picked crew of Kim Fields and Rod Graves have once again proved why they are career failures.

  13. jag1959 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:24 PM

    “So if the league office didn’t want to whack the Steelers, the league office had to look the other way on the Seahawks.
    It sounds cynical, I know.”

    No it doesn’t Mike, it sounds not just logical but entirely plausible. It may be ignoring a separate truth though, the league didn’t really want to whack Seattle again either but Pete’s ‘little’ cheats really are piling up. Sherman had to play in the Pro Bowl just to cover Petey’s cheating derriere.

  14. wib22 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:24 PM

    Pete the Cheat skates again!

  15. jackedupboonie says: Feb 14, 2017 2:27 PM

    Because all the sudden…….reports came out that every team had unreported hang nails. League is teetering on the edge here….you can see it from satellites.

  16. TheTruth says: Feb 14, 2017 2:28 PM

    And Goodell has the audacity to feel insulted at a shirt depicting him as a clown. Wow. Integrity.

  17. patriots123456 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:29 PM

    Time to order your Goodell clown shirts.

  18. rogobrothers says: Feb 14, 2017 2:30 PM

    They still can’t beat the Pats so who cares.

  19. zombiepatriot says: Feb 14, 2017 2:31 PM

    What’s the point of the injury report if teams are not listing players who they know are injured?

    There should have been a punishment and I do agree there most likely would have been one if not for the Pittsburgh admission of also hiding the injury to a key player.

    Good old lack of consistency when it comes to infractions NFL.

  20. offtopic111 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:33 PM

    Make me want to shell out $25 for a Barstool Sports Goodell Clown tee.

  21. casualmalexlfan says: Feb 14, 2017 2:33 PM

    Did anyone actually think the NFL would really punish the Steelers or Seahawks?

  22. floriosnuts says: Feb 14, 2017 2:35 PM

    I wonder what the Steelers would have to do to get docked a 1st rounder. Short of dynamiting a stadium full of fans I can’t think of one.

  23. redlikethepig says: Feb 14, 2017 2:35 PM

    Pats fans … please stop the whining. You won the Superbowl.

  24. jjarvis says: Feb 14, 2017 2:35 PM

    I’m tired of blaming Goodell for this stuff. If a majority of other owners cared, he’d be fired already. What’s going on here is that the supposedly “great ownership” of the Steelers is corrupting the rest of the league to protect themselves. There’s a cabal of Patriots-hating ownership groups that keep Goodell in power to game the system and make it tougher on a few teams and owners that they don’t like. Kraft takes it because he’s got the goats of coaching and QBs and so winning is the best revenge.

    But it’s the teams without such success but also on the outside looking in (Saints, Chiefs) that really, really get screwed. What a said state of affairs.

  25. tobis81 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:38 PM

    Haters lol

  26. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 2:38 PM

    I am so sick of the double standards that we see coming out of 345 Park Ave. that I am losing interest in football (that and my team sucks). It is hard to feel good about a professional sport when shenanigans like what we have had to put up with the last 3 years continue unabated.

  27. schmitty2 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:39 PM

    Smacking gum, cheerleading,and escaping punishment for rules violations. 3 things that define the legacy of one Peter Carroll.

  28. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 14, 2017 2:40 PM

    Translation: The league office is blatantly displaying favoritism.

    Got it.

  29. rideforjesus says: Feb 14, 2017 2:41 PM

    I would respectfully request a handful of the Patriots haters here on this site to explain to me why 2 teams doing the same rule misinterpretation get off scott free…???

    Please explain to me the logic and the rational of this decision..

    And do you think Roger Goodell signed off on it??

  30. factschecker says: Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM

    Fellow Pats fans
    Good god. Spygate was not a misunderstanding of the rule. We messed up and we knew we were messing up when we were doing it.

    Some of you are making all of us Pats fans look bad. We won. That should be more than enough to sooth you until next season. Be happy. The revenge tour is officially OVER.

    If winning the SB wasn’t enough then you may never be satisfied with anything in your life ever. It’s more than past time to move on. It was nearly 10 years ago (Spygate) Time to move on.

  31. jackedupboonie says: Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM

    The league still feels sorry for Pete having his 5’9″ QB throw a slant to a special teams player from the .5 yard line.

  32. throwingstones20 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:43 PM

    NFL office proving once again it only matters when its the Patriots. Screw you Roger. You can not stop the Patriots.

  33. streetyson says: Feb 14, 2017 2:44 PM

    Cheathawks claimed the injury wasn’t significant because Sherman played, which is total BS because lots of players play with significant injuries. But regardless of that the rules also require any “noteworthy” injury to be recorded – and Sherman’s was 101% noteworthy. But yes, NFL couldn’t do it without also hitting the SteroidHGHlers.

    Btw, it wasn’t just Al Jazeera that claimed HGH in Peyton, Steelers and Packers – in 2013 LeRoy Butler and Darren Woodson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel respectively that they knew a dozen Packers and a dozen Lion players who were taking banned HGH. But you can be sure Goodell’s integrity stopped him from talking to either former player. Stench.

  34. minson15 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:45 PM

    Thought for sure the league was going to throw the book at the Seahawks because of all the offseason violations (which are BS…SERIOUSLY) but since Gooddell is in charge of this dog and pony show I guess I can’t be that surprised.

  35. bigfaketdsinmyface says: Feb 14, 2017 2:47 PM

    rogobrothers says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:30 PM

    They still can’t beat the Pats so who cares.

    I’m hoping you’re referring to the Steelers… unless you missed the regular season and just showed up for the SB.

  36. craignflfan says: Feb 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    Typical NFL. Good job Roger.

  37. docsmith54 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    BB and Kraft won’t say anything publicly. But you can just imagine what they could discuss.

    Gasoline is not what you want to add to the Park Avenue dumpster fire that continues to warm Patriots’ incentives.

    If I were the other three NFC west teams, I’d be scratching my head. If I were the other AFC north teams, I’d be saying someone among us has a friend in NY.

    More good fodder for Skip Bayless and even Shannon.

  38. patriots123456 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    And 345 Park Ave. Wonders why the ratings are down.

    Because of 345 Park Ave and their incompetence.

  39. ballistictrajectory says: Feb 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    What! The league plays favorites?!?! Horrors! What shall we do?

  40. offtopic111 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:50 PM

    The NFL is a league that values parity. The reason for the huge spygate and deflategate penalties is not because the Patriots did anything terribly wrong in the case of spygate or at all with deflategate, but because they are so much more successful than the rest of the league.

    Without all of the distractions and penalties how many more rings would the Patriots have?

  41. lifetimefan says: Feb 14, 2017 2:52 PM

    Roger’s wheel of mis-fortune is spun again…….I imagine a lot of fast paced clicking, then slower clicking, then slower, until the wheel stops………and this time it stops on “give ’em a warning”. It seems like that is the only way such a wanton disparity can be accomplished when it come to doling out penalties.

    What a joke the NFL has become, protect the shield, yeah right. Roger may be protecting something but its not the shield and its not his reputation as a fair disciplinarian.

  42. tobis81 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:52 PM

    Look at all the Haters, especially the Patsy whiners. A guy gets every Thurs. off yet practices fully every other day. Hmm, sounds like a Vet day off to me. Off season violation? Oh, you mean when two players accidentally ran into each other, and they docked us a 5th round pick for it? Again, hilarious! Pat fans, don’t hate… don’t film practices, and deflate footballs, and have your so called GOAT call a fat guy who lost weight, and handles the footballs the deflater, and you won’t get fined, lol. Real cheaters get what they deserve.

  43. jerruhjones says: Feb 14, 2017 2:52 PM

    Karma is a bitch, and has already caught up with Seattle.

  44. silverhornet says: Feb 14, 2017 2:52 PM

    LOL @ Patriot fans getting all upset over this. The Patriot injury reports are the complete opposite and also highly questionable. BB lists too many players on there so the opposition can’t get a grip on who is really injured and who isn’t. Brady and his injured whatever… on there every week.

  45. hess97 says: Feb 14, 2017 2:53 PM

    The league is essentially run by the Rooney and Mara superpower… and they are 40 billion dollars in bed with Microsoft, the Seahawks’ owner.

    If anybody wonders why the Steelers, Giants and Seahawks get away with so many favorable calls on and off the field, you don’t have to look far for the obvious conflicts of interest the league has with those three ownerships.

  46. yooperman says: Feb 14, 2017 2:55 PM

    It’s fun being a smart a$$, but in all seriousness, every Patroit player should wear a Goodell clown shirt to the White House.

  47. fjw2 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:00 PM

    The entire rule is stupid to begin with and should be done away with entirely. The only people it benefits are gamblers and bookies, which the league claims they are trying to stay clear of.

    Why should any team be required to tell their opponent that one of their players is somewhat injured? So they can zero in on that injury and try to take advantage of it? How does this approximate anything near integrity of the game?

  48. scmems07 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:01 PM

    Between the Seahawks and the Pat’s it’s getting harder and harder to teach my kids that cheaters never win.

  49. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 14, 2017 3:01 PM

    we knew this was going to be the outcome the moment Bell’s injury was revealed.

    I mean, the league didn’t even bother with the ” drop the 7th round pick to the end of the round” stuff (6 spots).

    of course that may have been because they didn’t want the Patriots to move up one spot.

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:02 PM

    “Pats fans … please stop the whining. You won the Superbowl.”

    Outside of the fact we’re merely pointing out facts and not whining, you just don’t seem to get it.

    Goodell’s double standards hurt every team. So far the Pats, Saints, Dallas, Washington and Miami have all been screwed by Goodell.

    The Steelers, Ravens, Colts, Giants and Jets are on the protected list. Are you a fan of one of these 5 teams? Because if you’re not its only a matter of time till Goodell lies and screws your team.

  51. realpatsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 3:03 PM

    Roger Goodell and his Flying circus.
    If it was New England he would have dropped the hammer. What an ass he is.
    Roger needs to kiss the Rooneys asses so he cannot penalize Seattle.
    Roger the CLOWN, Roger the CLOWN.

  52. gtrav says: Feb 14, 2017 3:03 PM

    Knew this would happen…let em off easy. Wouldn’t be the case if it were a certain other team. Seachickens violated the rules and they knew it but they don’t have any hardware to show for this season anyway

  53. One For The D**k #Six says: Feb 14, 2017 3:04 PM

    redlikethepig says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:35 PM
    Pats fans … please stop the whining. You won the Superbowl.
    =============

    I like that idea. Here’s a proposal for all to move on

    Idiots stop calling the pats cheaters, and pats stop being the victims of the league cheating them out of draft picks. That seems fair

  54. chawk12thman says: Feb 14, 2017 3:07 PM

    Or perhaps, Coach misspoke when disclosing and backing up Sherman? The injury was a borderline reportable issue and no real significant penalty was warranted. In fact, the issue pointed out how so many interrupted the rule differently. Clarification will result for all teams going forward.

    Hopefully, this doesn’t mean every player is listed on injury reports next year. Everyone has some issue by mid season, so we do know the reported number will likely rise significantly.

  55. nsawins says: Feb 14, 2017 3:09 PM

    Is there any consistency with this commish? That is why so many Pats fans(and rightfully so) think he is a clown. Hard to respect someone who shows no consistency.

  56. cribbage12 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    I’m just starting to think Roger Goodell is a big Trump fan.

  57. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    I respectfully disagree that these are “problems”. I would characterize them as “cool”.

  58. One For The D**k #Six says: Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    factschecker says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM
    Fellow Pats fans
    Good god. Spygate was not a misunderstanding of the rule. We messed up and we knew we were messing up when we were doing it.
    ============

    You’re right, it’s wasn’t a rule. It was a memo. Lol. That’s the whole point. Goodell said “don’t take video and USE IT DURING THAT GAME”. So Belichick said “ok guys, just don’t use the video during the game and we’re good”. That’s the gist of the whole thing. Now I’m certainly in favor of moving beyond it, but I’ll take that road when the haters move beyond it as well.

    One thing about spyware that does make me laugh is it was well known the pats were doing this. Teams talked about how it happened for years. The packers removed the video guy during a game in Green Bay. Jerk Edwards used to wave at the camera, etc. Nothing was done until the Jets got to play victim and then the league crushed the pats.

    We all know the sequence of events. Belichick caught the jets filming in the playoff game in foxboro and took the video. So the following season the jets set up the patriots with the league office. Sounds eerily familiar to the Colts setting the pats up with the league office about deflating footballs. Coincidence? I don’t think so

  59. aballinhighgrass says: Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the Seahawks would have lost a draft pick if the Steelers had not committed the same offense so close in proximity. The league office did not want to penalize the Steelers, so it couldn’t penalize the Seahawks. That said, the whole injury reporting list is dumb anyway.

  60. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Feb 14, 2017 3:13 PM

    factschecker says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM
    Fellow Pats fans
    Good god. Spygate was not a misunderstanding of the rule. We messed up and we knew we were messing up when we were doing it.

    Some of you are making all of us Pats fans look bad. We won. That should be more than enough to sooth you until next season. Be happy. The revenge tour is officially OVER.

    If winning the SB wasn’t enough then you may never be satisfied with anything in your life ever. It’s more than past time to move on. It was nearly 10 years ago (Spygate) Time to move on.

    With all due respect, baloney. 7 years apart from Spygate, which WAS a correct interpretation of the rule AS WRITTEN btw, was plenty enough to engage the “history of cheating” meme to be used against the Patriots. Now 3 years later you want to fogetaboutit? Not bloody likely.

    Be happy? NE won despite all the NFLHQ hijinx aimed at knocking them off. Happy they won, yes. Happy in a larger sense? Only as it exposes Hatriot Nation as disigenuous, duplicitous and jealous liars.

    It’s about right & wrong and winning doesn’t fix wrong.

  61. blakeinfla says: Feb 14, 2017 3:13 PM

    Tobis81 your envy is showing. I’ve been a fins fan all my life and can attest to the league and its favoritism for some teams Jets and hatred for others Pats. Go look outside if the sun doesn’t expand and kill everyone on the planet then that and ideal gas law ,Boyles and 20 others shows why the Patriots were jobbed. FYI Pats didn’t record any practices. You are confused with the Broncos. Shula himself said he recorded game day to help supplement the “all 22” also so it was no big deal and still occurs watch any game the coordinators cover their mouth. let’s not forget the Colts balls were “deflated” too. Snowflakes smh

  62. Patskrieg says: Feb 14, 2017 3:13 PM

    For what it’s worth I don’t think the league would have had any problem nailing the Seahawks for a 2nd round pick, and then turning around and letting the Steelers walk. We know very well that Park Ave has no shame.

    Either way, I like the Seahawks, and I like Richard Sherman but this is garbage. Buffalo managed a $20K fine for the exact same thing with Mario Williams. That should be considered the bare minimum acknowledgement of a rule broken. The league’s leadership continues to be its undoing.

  63. TheCakeIsALie says: Feb 14, 2017 3:13 PM

    That’s like misinterpreting, “you can not use this video for the game in progress”.

  64. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Feb 14, 2017 3:16 PM

    One For The D**k #Six says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM
    factschecker says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM
    Fellow Pats fans
    Good god. Spygate was not a misunderstanding of the rule. We messed up and we knew we were messing up when we were doing it.
    ============

    You’re right, it’s wasn’t a rule. It was a memo. Lol. That’s the whole point. Goodell said “don’t take video and USE IT DURING THAT GAME”. So Belichick said “ok guys, just don’t use the video during the game and we’re good”. That’s the gist of the whole thing. Now I’m certainly in favor of moving beyond it, but I’ll take that road when the haters move beyond it as well.

    One thing about spyware that does make me laugh is it was well known the pats were doing this. Teams talked about how it happened for years. The packers removed the video guy during a game in Green Bay. Jerk Edwards used to wave at the camera, etc. Nothing was done until the Jets got to play victim and then the league crushed the pats.

    We all know the sequence of events. Belichick caught the jets filming in the playoff game in foxboro and took the video. So the following season the jets set up the patriots with the league office. Sounds eerily familiar to the Colts setting the pats up with the league office about deflating footballs. Coincidence? I don’t think so

    Agree with everything you said except the last item. It was the Ravens Harbaugh who got his knickers in a twist that started deflategate. The Colts were likely duped as well but didn’t have the testicular fortitude to stand up and tell the truth.

  65. Adrian Beathisson says: Feb 14, 2017 3:16 PM

    I’m siding with the Patriot fans on this one.

  66. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Feb 14, 2017 3:16 PM

    Also….THE RUSSIANS FIXED THE SUPER BOWL after Kraft bribed Putin with a Super Bowl ring ISN’T IT OBVIOUS

  67. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Feb 14, 2017 3:19 PM

    TheTruth says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:28 PM
    And Goodell has the audacity to feel insulted at a shirt depicting him as a clown. Wow. Integrity.

    Rumor has it the WCA is not happy with that shirt either. Clowns have their pride and don’t want to be associated with Goodell.

  68. whywerule says: Feb 14, 2017 3:19 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:02 PM
    ….
    Goodell’s double standards hurt every team. So far the Pats, Saints, Dallas, Washington and Miami have all been screwed by Goodell….
    —————————————————-

    You left Kansas City off that list.

    And how was Miami screwed by the league office? I don’t immediately recall anything other than the fact that league office has not yet retracted Miami from the NFL, and thus ended the suffering of the Dolphins fans.

  69. mogogo1 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:24 PM

    Only thing that bothers me about this is they’ll inevitably drop the hammer on somebody else for doing the exact same thing. They have no consistency on anything.

  70. whispersd says: Feb 14, 2017 3:25 PM

    Glad to see “ignorance of the rules” has made a comeback. Weird how that didn’t work for Belichick, Payton, or Brady.

    Goodell is completely incapable of enforcing rules in an impartial manner. He’s political about everything.

  71. silverhornet says: Feb 14, 2017 3:25 PM

    Tuck Rule…

  72. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:27 PM

    “You left Kansas City off that list.

    And how was Miami screwed by the league office?”

    You are correct I did forget KC.

    Miami had bullygate manufactured against them.

  73. One For The D**k #Six says: Feb 14, 2017 3:32 PM

    WasLemmytoocontreversial,

    Agree, didn’t mean it was the colts who dreamed it up, justntuat the colts were playing the role of “victim to new England’s egregious cheating”. Lol. The point was the league office worked hand in hand with a team that was playing the patriots, and set up a sting operation to “catch them in the act”. Just look at all the changes in the story since the start of deflategate. First they said they had an inkling of ball deflation from when they played each other earlier in the year. Only problem was they played in Indy and “the deflator” didn’t travel to away games and the pats couldn’t have deflated the balls cuz the colts ball boys took care of that. So thenit became, when the ball was intercepted the colts player thought it seemed deflated. Said player vehemently denied making those statements. So the story then changed again. It was a set up. And the league was going to nail them, until science ruined their plan. So then they decided to hammer them anyways, and while they were at it, for good measure they got the courts to rule that the NFL could hammer any team or player for no reason other than they just decided they want to

  74. realfann says: Feb 14, 2017 3:34 PM

    Once again I ask the question, is this site advocating that the injury report be used by opposing teams to target injured players?

  75. alltee says: Feb 14, 2017 3:35 PM

    3rd infraction in three years and they walk away free while people who have the brain to understand that deflategate was a made up which hunt still justify their actions as the patriots were repeat offenders

    its good to be an owner in the NFL as long as you are sucking roger goodell’s balls every day

    the word integrity has a new meaning when it comes to roger goodell, it means you can cheat away as long as you support that moron in his endless screw ups and pretend that he is has an ability greater than a monkey when it comes to governing the league

    FIRE GOODELL!!!!!!

  76. fullbacksarepeopletoo says: Feb 14, 2017 3:39 PM

    I was waiting for the Patriots Apologists to comment on this. The Patriots were caught cheating multiple times in BIG ways. There is NO leeway for them. And its justified. Get over it.

  77. jmc8888 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:42 PM

    Why should anyone now even provide injury reports.

    Goodell cannot use ‘integrity of the game’. They’ve essentially neutered their own rules.

    No team should provide ANY injury reports now.

    You can’t have it both ways Goodell… or you can, but that’ll just piss off more fans.

    Rules are rules. If you selectively enforce them, then the NFL itself is deciding winners and losers based on who they arbitrarily deem needs punishment.

    They had absolute proof, unlike other times where they lowered the boom, and did nothing.

  78. sxk129 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:42 PM

    whywerule says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:19 PM
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:02 PM
    ….
    Goodell’s double standards hurt every team. So far the Pats, Saints, Dallas, Washington and Miami have all been screwed by Goodell….
    —————————————————-

    You left Kansas City off that list.

    And how was Miami screwed by the league office? I don’t immediately recall anything other than the fact that league office has not yet retracted Miami from the NFL, and thus ended the suffering of the Dolphins fans.

    ==============================

    Bullygate

  79. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 14, 2017 3:43 PM

    NFL is so corrupt its ridiculous. If baseball season didnt have a break I wouldnt even watch.

  80. pastabelly says: Feb 14, 2017 3:44 PM

    Perhaps the Seahawks would have faced a consequence, if the Steelers hadn’t stumbled into the same injury-report rabbit hole when running back Le’Veon Bell disclosed after the AFC title game that he’d been playing with an undisclosed groin injury.
    =======================================
    Winner, Winner
    Chicken Dinner

  81. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 14, 2017 3:46 PM

    Im starting to wonder if Goodell destroyed NE’s spygate tapes because there was nothing incriminating on them at all and if gone no one could question his punishments. He couldnt change climate elements which is why he looks like an idiot on deflategate but got bailed out because of a poorly structured CBA by a weak professional sports union.

  82. whywerule says: Feb 14, 2017 3:46 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:27 PM
    …..
    Miami had bullygate manufactured against them.

    Oh, yes, thanks, I forgot about that one.

  83. alltee says: Feb 14, 2017 3:47 PM

    fullbacksarepeopletoo says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:39 PM
    I was waiting for the Patriots Apologists to comment on this. The Patriots were caught cheating multiple times in BIG ways. There is NO leeway for them. And its justified. Get over it.

    ========================================

    i just want to clarify, forget all the science and facts, the patriots were caught cheating twice in the last 10 years, the seahawks have been caught cheating three times in the last three years and they have yet to receive a single fine

    are u telling me as a pats fan we should be fine with this, and this is fair and draped in integrity???

  84. mostepicgnar says: Feb 14, 2017 3:50 PM

    Here we have ANOTHER reason to spend your time in another manner than watching the NFL. “Integrity” is subjective to the league. Roger is THE worst commissioner ever in all four major sports. He is “Mush” from A Bronx Tale, “Put him in the bathroom”.

  85. kcflake says: Feb 14, 2017 3:51 PM

    The Chiefs got hammered by Goodell last year. So Roger lets the seahawks skate. Yeah makes sense???

  86. Della Street says: Feb 14, 2017 3:54 PM

    yooperman says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:55 PM
    It’s fun being a smart a$$, but in all seriousness, every Patroit player should wear a Goodell clown shirt to the White House.

    ___________________

    Won’t happen, but man, wouldn’t that be AWESOME!

  87. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 14, 2017 3:58 PM

    Goodell is trying to help the Seahawks to be the primary Challenger to the Patriots. So he will not punish them too hard.

  88. bstngrdn says: Feb 14, 2017 4:02 PM

    silverhornet says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:52 PM

    LOL @ Patriot fans getting all upset over this. The Patriot injury reports are the complete opposite and also highly questionable. BB lists too many players on there so the opposition can’t get a grip on who is really injured and who isn’t. Brady and his injured whatever… on there every week.

    They are the opposite because Bill Belichick doesn’t want to get sanctioned by the clown for leaving someone off the report. Ergo, he reports everyone with any sort of injury, which by the end of the season is almost everyone on the team. It’s also a smart move on his part because if one of the ideas is to give an opposing team inside information to target “weak” spots, they aren’t going to get much from such a list.

  89. seabrawk12 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:04 PM

    Pats fans … please stop the whining. You won the Superbowl.

    __________________________________

    Best comment of 2017.

  90. nbptma1 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:13 PM

    Looking forward to giving Goodell a warm New England welcome when he shows up in Foxboro for the season opener.

    If the minion shows up, we’ll booo him so loud that he’ll have to leave the stadium.

  91. nomar8477 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:18 PM

    People saying Pats fans should relax. Why?..Because we as fans won? Its still future penalties not being able to draft over a complete joke. MAybe that first or 4th woudl have turned out to be a mainstay for 12 years. Teh money..its pennies..but..the highest fine ever. For this colosall joke. Goodell picks and chooses who he wants to penalize. Owners are sick of the patriots winning…so they choce them. Spygate…ok..Deflategate joke.

  92. kenmasters34 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:19 PM

    #Integrity

  93. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 14, 2017 4:19 PM

    What crap coming from the guy that said Pete Carroll should have been fired as Seahawks coach because Reggie Bush took money to throw games at USC. If the Seahawks were up to anything they would have REPORTED the injury So teams would throw at him more.

    And he would have ended up with 12 interceptions

  94. bobseahawk says: Feb 14, 2017 4:23 PM

    hahahahahahaha…Go Hawks!

  95. sportschatterdotco says: Feb 14, 2017 4:26 PM

    aballinhighgrass says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:11 PM
    There’s no doubt in my mind that the Seahawks would have lost a draft pick if the Steelers had not committed the same offense so close in proximity. The league office did not want to penalize the Steelers, so it couldn’t penalize the Seahawks. That said, the whole injury reporting list is dumb anyway.

    it goes back to the Colts with Luck actually. That was the most egregious of all the injury report shenanigans and they skated

  96. tonebones says: Feb 14, 2017 4:29 PM

    It just doesn’t make any sense to punish teams every time they break a rule. If they did, teams like the Patriots would never have another draft pick.

  97. DonkeyWaffle says: Feb 14, 2017 4:31 PM

    And yet, the Patriots are still world champs despite losing draft picks, their best player for 4 games, their second best player for half of the season and going against a league that would have moved the Super Bowl to Cambodia to avoid handing that trophy to Kraft and BB. That is why this victory is so incredibly sweet. They beat everyone, the league, 31 other teams, the penalties and the ridiculous attempts at “justice” and “integrity” which further illustrates that the commish is an ass-clown.

  98. lifetimefan says: Feb 14, 2017 4:37 PM

    Hey as a Pats fan I am not complaining that the Seahawks got a free ride on this one. The issue I have is the way these penalties are given out. The CBA has rules regarding penalties and they are being used or not used too freely. All of the teams play to the edge of the rules. Whether it is footballs deflated to the lowest level, or over inflated in some cases. Whether it is piping in noise or turning up the heat. Field maintainence or lack there of. Stickum, use. The NFL is a joke fight now, under Roger’s watch it has lost all of its integrity.

  99. mmack66 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:44 PM

    fullbacksarepeopletoo says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:39 PM

    I was waiting for the Patriots Apologists to comment on this. The Patriots were caught cheating multiple times in BIG ways. There is NO leeway for them. And its justified. Get over it.
    ———————–

    Thanks for chiming in Goodell Apologist.

    What does cheating by the Seahawks have to do with the Patriots? The Seahawks have been caught multiple times as well in BIGGER ways.

    If Goodell is going to severely punish the Patriots for some phony baloney infractions, then he had damn well better start punishing teams for actual infractions.

  100. kamthechancellor says: Feb 14, 2017 4:45 PM

    Lol at the butthurt in this comment section.

  101. mmack66 says: Feb 14, 2017 4:54 PM

    edelmanfanclub says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:46 PM

    Im starting to wonder if Goodell destroyed NE’s spygate tapes because there was nothing incriminating on them at all and if gone no one could question his punishments.
    ————————

    That’s exactly what he did. Then he lied about how damaging it would have been if anyone saw what was on them, then proceeded to show them to the world at a press conference. He even lied to a Senator about it.

    The Jet’s were caught doing the same exact thing and nothing whatsoever was done about it. Same thing with the Jets actual ball tampering.

  102. tindeaux says: Feb 14, 2017 5:02 PM

    the question is who paid Sherman? the nfl or the seahawks? if the seahawks paid for Sherman, what does the nfl have to do with it? all these rules and regulations in the nfl are just plain silly

  103. tobis81 says: Feb 14, 2017 5:04 PM

    Blakeinfl, learn how to type proper English before you address me next time, lol. Envy? Haha, the only reason I’m addressing the Pats fans on here is because 90% of the people on here are Pats fans. Whining bc what happened with the Sherman injury didn’t warrant a punishment. Now they are crying bc they got caught cheating numerous times, and they got exactly what they deserved. Spygate happened, they got caught, they were punished. Deal with it!!! They deflated footballs, they got caught, and punished as they should have. Once again, deal with it. Wow, him, and 20 others, huh? Well, the investigation, and 20 others said they/he did do it. Plus you have him destroying his phone, and calling the football guy who supposedly lost weight the deflator, hahaha. Any person who defends that one is either stupid, or a homer Patsy fan, lol.

  104. mmack66 says: Feb 14, 2017 5:06 PM

    kamthechancellor says:
    Feb 14, 2017 4:45 PM

    Lol at the butthurt in this comment section.
    ——————–

    Yep. I see it all of the time in Patriots articles comments when Seahawks fans cry about losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

  105. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 14, 2017 5:09 PM

    Get a grip, people. He was a full participant in practices and games (and spare me the missing practice on Thursdays thing. The Seahawks and most other teams regularly give their veterans days off during the season), It’s a stupid rule and even all you anti-Seahawk fans know it. Florio wants to burn the Seahawks at the stake because they also practice too hard in the offseason. So grab your pitchforks. Practicing too hard and not reporting an injury on a player who never missed a game is definitely grounds to strip the team of draft picks.

  106. number1hawkfan says: Feb 14, 2017 5:09 PM

    These patriot fans have a hard team healing. Suspend Russell Wilson for the first four games if it means winning a championship.

  107. sportschatterdotco says: Feb 14, 2017 5:16 PM

    lifetimefan says:
    Feb 14, 2017 4:37 PM
    Hey as a Pats fan I am not complaining that the Seahawks got a free ride on this one. The issue I have is the way these penalties are given out. The CBA has rules regarding penalties and they are being used or not used too freely. All of the teams play to the edge of the rules. Whether it is footballs deflated to the lowest level, or over inflated in some cases. Whether it is piping in noise or turning up the heat. Field maintainence or lack there of. Stickum, use. The NFL is a joke fight now, under Roger’s watch it has lost all of its integrity.
    ——
    to the end of your post, that kind of thing and worse has ALWAYS gone on in the NFL. It just used to be nobody cared much. There is some great reading out there about the shenigans back in the day.

  108. JSpicoli says: Feb 14, 2017 5:18 PM

    Haha hating populus

  109. kevpft says: Feb 14, 2017 5:51 PM

    Well, the hypocrisy is now complete. Over a year after having not been proven to have done anything wrong, the Patriots are losing one more draft pick, while the Seahawks, with absolutely no doubt that they did something wrong after a track record of other misdeeds, get no punishment whatsoever.

  110. kevpft says: Feb 14, 2017 5:54 PM

    bobseahawk says:
    Feb 14, 2017 4:23 PM
    hahahahahahaha…Go Hawks!

    ——————–

    As they seem to quickly be receding from Super Bowl contention, they’ll need all the luck they can get.

    Maybe next year they’ll be good enough to win against a real team in the playoffs.

  111. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 14, 2017 5:57 PM

    thankfully kaela carpenter is not commissioner.

  112. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 14, 2017 6:08 PM

    The super bowl champion New England Patriots beat the s-hawks in 2014, 28 to 24, and have never cheated. It is ALL jealousy. Now you can start whining and flailing before crying yourselves to sleep.

  113. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 14, 2017 6:28 PM

    The Seahawks and most other teams regularly give their veterans days off during the season)
    ————–
    True. But, in this particular case, that’s not what happened. They cheated and got away with (another) one. Good for SEA.

  114. superpatsfan4 says: Feb 14, 2017 7:22 PM

    What a load of bull this is. No matter, the Patriots are the Champs.

  115. triptomlin says: Feb 14, 2017 7:30 PM

    That’s Roger’s NFL. If the shirt fits, wear it Rog.

  116. triptomlin says: Feb 14, 2017 8:13 PM

    The PATS WIN!!!!!

    Again.

  117. rootpain says: Feb 14, 2017 9:15 PM

    I would love to see Trump wearing the Goodell clown tee shirt. Now that would be funny.

  118. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Feb 14, 2017 10:14 PM

    and here you go! double standard.

    goodell screwing EVERYTHING UP!

    unreal how stupid this guy is…

    whatever… the Patriots will just continue to make goodell look like a fool that he is..

  119. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 14, 2017 10:22 PM

    hess97 says:

    The league is essentially run by the Rooney and Mara superpower… and they are 40 billion dollars in bed with Microsoft, the Seahawks’ owner.

    If anybody wonders why the Steelers, Giants and Seahawks get away with so many favorable calls on and off the field, you don’t have to look far for the obvious conflicts of interest the league has with those three ownerships.
    ——————————————–
    The Seahawks are the most penalized team in the NFL the last 5 years

  120. deneb1973 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:23 PM

    When rules are selectively enforced the NFL “SHIELD” becomes a beacon of the “FIX”. Goodell has done more to tarnish the image of the NFL than any other single person. He is protecting his job by sucking up to the Rooneys and Maras – at the expense of his own and the League’s integrity. As a Jets fan I am still appalled by the disgusting lack of integrity of the NFL office. I sincerely hope that the entire NFL staff suffers Goodell’s fate in 2018 – UNEMPLOYMENT!

  121. lundergaard says: Feb 14, 2017 10:33 PM

    The inconsistency regarding application of the rules/violations as determined by Roger Goodell’s office and those directly under his command have turned what was once a great sport into the:

    N = Negligent
    F = Failing
    L = Leadership

    The new NFL folks

    Roger and out.

  122. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Feb 14, 2017 11:04 PM

    Goodell has the moral integrity of a worm. “Integrity of the game” huh? What a joke this guy is.

  123. amadorcountyca says: Feb 15, 2017 1:35 AM

    Name one team in the NFL that hasn’t been caught violating league r u lies. Right, there are none.

    With the Patriots it’s pure jealousy from other owners having crappy franchises, while the Pats keep chugging along with inferior rosters,outside B&B.

  124. publikwerks says: Feb 15, 2017 6:09 AM

    I just hope Matt Patricia doesn’t face a 4 game suspension for the shirt

  125. psljax says: Feb 15, 2017 6:27 AM

    As a fan of football this really seems like a way to keep competitive Balance, though the 2 teams are always competitive. It really smells like protecting owners who may be friends of the league. No wonder Kraft has been out of character, vocal, against Goodell. At some point Vegas is going to scream if they lose money because of this blatant manipulation of intent of rules.

  126. cosmicredneck81 says: Feb 15, 2017 6:55 AM

    Oh boy if this was the cowboys could u imagine how many picks we’d loose

  127. mikeytoth says: Feb 15, 2017 8:15 AM

    I hope one day soon the NFL gets investigated for corruption.

  128. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 8:26 AM

    floriosnuts says:
    Feb 14, 2017 2:35 PM
    I wonder what the Steelers would have to do to get docked a 1st rounder. Short of dynamiting a stadium full of fans I can’t think of one.

    —————————–

    It would have to depend on which stadium and who’s fans.

  129. camnewtonisbad says: Feb 15, 2017 8:27 AM

    I bet it’s because Sherm went to Stanford. Also anyone who speaks of the cheating scandals should actually understand what happened instead of listening to people who have an agenda like four letter monster. They never tapped the Rams practice. That has been debunked by the same four letters albeit at midnight so no one saw it. Read and understand the circumstances around both of the “scandals” before casting judgment. I know it’s hard for a lot people but being logical is out of reach but in this case it can shed some light on some way over blown items. This coming from a Broncos fan. Shame on ill informed people.

  130. TheDPR says: Feb 15, 2017 8:50 AM

    Roger and the owners won’t care until it hurts them where it count$. If a few million of us canceled our Sunday Ticket subscription, perhaps they’d wake up.

  131. RegisHawk says: Feb 15, 2017 9:20 AM

    I bet it’s because PC & Co owned up to what they did and cooperated with the investigation, as opposed to…say…declaring that they’re not the Mona Lisa Vito of air pressure or destroying their phone on the day they’re supposed to be giving a deposition.

  132. patsrthegreatest says: Feb 15, 2017 11:21 AM

    Two words to make it all better:

    Pats Win!!!!

  133. rclindhe says: Feb 17, 2017 7:18 PM

    RegisHawk says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:20 AM

    I bet it’s because PC & Co owned up to what they did and cooperated with the investigation, as opposed to…say…declaring that they’re not the Mona Lisa Vito of air pressure or destroying their phone on the day they’re supposed to be giving a deposition.
    ————————————————–

    Um the Pats have cooperated with every investigation from the NFL office, including, yes, Spygate and Deflategate. Stop listening to the front office propaganda, they lie, and you know it.

  134. lifelongwhodat says: Feb 21, 2017 8:02 AM

    Sean Payton suspended a year for letting players tip each other for big plays. Pete Carroll, one of the world’s slimiest cheaters…nothing. I love Roger- make up and/or change rules to punish some teams while not even enforcing existing rules for others.

    What a guy. He is destroying the league.

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