John Schneider says Seahawks weren’t malicious in not disclosing Richard Sherman injury

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Seahawks general manager John Schneider feels his team didn’t do anything wrong by failing to list a knee injury for Richard Sherman on their injury report this season.

Head coach Pete Carroll said that Sherman played with an undisclosed MCL injury during the season that wasn’t made public via a listing on the team’s injury report, which is a violation of league rules. Carroll called the injury “significant” and “legit” in interviews following Seattle’s season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Nevertheless, a knee injury was never listed as an issue for Sherman all season. Schneider said Thursday night that the Seahawks didn’t do anything “malicious” in their handling of Sherman’s injury.

“Obviously it’s something I can’t really get into but we feel like we didn’t do anything that was out of the norm or trying to avoid any rules by any stretch of the imagination,” Schneider said in an interview with Mark Dominick at the Senior Bowl on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “All doctors would tell you you have to manage the player and not the MRI, and the patient not the MRI, and that’s what we did.

“He never missed [a game]. The guy was a total stud about it. So yeah, I think Pete — it was in a press conference at the end of the season and was quite frankly was sticking up for the different bumps and bruises and issues that Richard had so I think that’s why they’ve gone ahead with this. But we feel like we didn’t do anything that was malicious at all.”

The league rules on injury reporting state: “All players who have significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the practice report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media.”

The league is considering possibly punishing the Seahawks for their failure to disclose the injury as the team could lose a second-round draft pick. Sherman believes that would be “foolishness” as well.

Schneider and the Seahawks clearly believe they didn’t violate the spirit of the injury reporting rules, even if they may have violated the letter of the law. The league will have to determine whether they agree with that assessment or not.

23 responses to “John Schneider says Seahawks weren’t malicious in not disclosing Richard Sherman injury

  1. i can see it now. Roger Goodell see’s the report from the Seattle GM saying there wasn’t a malicious intent… And good o’l Roger excuses it and nothing. No penalty.
    Cause the freakin Seahawks get away with everything.
    To me, i consider this more egregious than deflate-gate, crowd noise or txting from the GM… The league better come down on them or i might have to change my stance on protests!

  2. There will be punishment. Remember, the NFL walloped the Patriots – because “of a history’. The Seahawks have a much more recent history.

    Scrap the entire injury report. Why do teams need to highlight weaknesses to your opponents or Vegas handicappers?

  3. Second offense for the coach/franchise ignoring fundamental rules for competitive reasons within 12 months. This is intent to deceive or withhold information from the league (not unlike destroying cell phone). Technically each week was a violation. Maybe the rest of the franchises shouldn’t have been so silent (or passive aggressive) during deflategate. Now all franchises need to man up and accept the punishment. Otherwise the owners need to end Goodell for having created the precedent.

  4. That’s how the legal system should work too “yes your honor, it is true that I lied on my tax forms. However, I didn’t do so maliciously, so I guess I’ll be leaving now. Do you validate parking?”

  5. If PC were actively trying to cover it up, he would never have mentioned it on Brock & Salk. This is the difference between the Seahawks and teams that actually do cheat.

  6. When all the excuses are given and because they are the Seahawks….they will be GIVEN an extra draft pick…….

  7. “we feel like we didn’t do anything that was out of the norm or trying to avoid any rules by any stretch of the imagination”

    Most rule breakers don’t.

  8. It was malus aforethought, writ large. They clearly did not want their opponents to know about the weakness in a key player. If it was not significant, why hide it? And even “if” an MCL isn’t significant it’s still “noteworthy”. The league fined and villified Belichick for not reporting a player’s completely irrelevant 1/4inch finger cut. Given Pete-the-cheat’s breaking of basic training rules last offseason this is not a one off but a pattern. Throw the book at him.

  9. “Obviously it’s something I can’t really get into but we feel like we didn’t do anything that was out of the norm or trying to avoid any rules by any stretch of the imagination,” Schneider said.
    _______________
    I don’t blame Schneider. It sounds like it would be hard for anyone to thoroughly explain the situation without incriminating themselves. Even Slick Petey couldn’t doubletalk his way through it this time, so Schneider is sticking with: Even though I can’t make a logical case for the life of me, we didn’t do anything wrong.

    Whether you tried to skirt the rules or not (probably did), you broke them and cost gamblers a ton of dough. Not cool in today’s NFL.

  10. I don’t get how they think they were even following the spirit of the rule considering what PC and Sherman have said, and now with Schneider calling him a “stud” for playing through it, that implies it was significant. You aren’t a stud for playing through a little ding, after all.

  11. Schneider is correct that they did not do it with “malicious” intent, but they did it so that teams won’t be tempted to throw the ball more often to Richard Charmin’s side. If they knew he had an MCL strain, they will tell their receivers to run routes that would be harder to cover for Charmin. That translates into a competitive advantage for the Hogs, more advantageous than an under inflated football. MCL Gate should be discouraged. Perhaps Pete Carroll should be suspended for 4 games without pay. LOL.

  12. But Goodell insists that the integrity of the shield is at risk absent Sherman’s name on the injury report. So no doubt a full insider information, Pete Rose style betting investigation will now be initiated to see who Goodell can ban for life. Cause you know, he won’t be undone.

    Patriots by 6.

  13. Goodell is a Seattle Sea Hog fan. He extracted a pound of flesh from Tom Brady and the Patriots because they beat his Hogs in the Super Bowl. So, I predict that Goodell will go easy on the Hogs. When he retires as commissioner, the Sea Hogs should give him a Super Bowl ring, because without league sanctioned Defensive Holding Gate, the Hogs would not have won the Super Bowl in 2013.

  14. Goodell is a Sea Hog fan because he did not suspend Beast Mode even though he was arrested for drunk driving and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving in order to avoid a drunk driving conviction. Suspending Beast Mode would have prevented the Hogs from making the playoffs in those early days, and would have prevented them from having the best record in the NFC. The Hogs could not have won without the Howler Monkey 12th drowning out the other team’s call signals and the 13th man not calling defensive holding on Richard Charmin and other Hog defensive backs.

  15. Robert Redford in his youth was so good looking that it was unfortunate . This remarkable fact , one stream in the sewer of cancerous cultural growth , affected my own humble opinion as I recall thinking this guy was better looking than Barbie dolls or the silent consort Ken . No doubt this affected the growth of Mr. Redford’s career as his acting choices , aside from glamour of “The Electric Horseman” were on a individual track not really seen before .
    The point for those quick lip artists , ready to paint silver clouds with poorly prepared , fast talking plans serving the delicate bouquet of hogwash as a community service , is just a harder sell nowadays . When once spoken of as dissembling , causing red faced threats known to include duels , are they now résumé ready ?
    Those “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity !” something for everybody Ron Popeil spiels that were disturbing in the seventies , is that the way to go ?
    Is it really so hard after watching the NFL embarrass itself with the endless , deliberate , immolation of common sense , to stop , think , shut up , then politely excuse oneself ?
    I am guessing , for those of us in the circle of privilege , yes .

  16. frpsr says:
    Jan 27, 2017 8:57 AM
    Robert Redford in his youth was so good looking that it was unfortunate . This remarkable fact , one stream in the sewer of cancerous cultural growth , affected my own humble opinion as I recall thinking this guy was better looking than Barbie dolls or the silent consort Ken . No doubt this affected the growth of Mr. Redford’s career as his acting choices , aside from glamour of “The Electric Horseman” were on a individual track not really seen before .
    The point for those quick lip artists , ready to paint silver clouds with poorly prepared , fast talking plans serving the delicate bouquet of hogwash as a community service , is just a harder sell nowadays . When once spoken of as dissembling , causing red faced threats known to include duels , are they now résumé ready ?
    Those “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity !” something for everybody Ron Popeil spiels that were disturbing in the seventies , is that the way to go ?
    Is it really so hard after watching the NFL embarrass itself with the endless , deliberate , immolation of common sense , to stop , think , shut up , then politely excuse oneself ?
    I am guessing , for those of us in the circle of privilege , yes .
    __________________

    Way to steal my thunder, frpsr!

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