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Seattle Seahawks handed big punishment by NFL

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Roger Goodell and the National Football League have come down hard on the Seattle Seahawks.

For violating the league's rule against "on-field physical contact" during an organized team activity in June, the Seahawks - as well as head coach Pete Carroll - have been punished by the powers that be.

The Seahawks were fined $400,000, and Carroll was fined $200,000. It didn't end there, however, with the franchise also losing a draft pick.


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The Seahawks will have to draft with one less pick than they thought they would get in 2017, as the league decided to take away their fifth rounder. The Seahawks will also forfeit their first week of 2017 season OTAs.

So, why has this all happened? Well, it all boils down to an instance where two helmet-less Seahawks players ran into each other and their heads hit each other. The NFL and NFLPA weren't too pleased.

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"The violation occurred when two players who were not wearing helmets collided, and their heads hit each other, a league source told ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. The league reviewed the play and deemed it excessive," ESPN wrote about the incident.

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This is the second time in three years - and third since 2012 - that the 'Hawks have been punished for violating the collectively bargained rules about physical contact in offseason practices.

Here is what the CBA states:

"Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The intensity and tempo of drills should be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority, and not at a level where one player is in a physical contest with another player."

The Seahawks really can't have many complaints.

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