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Seahawks won't lose NFL draft pick for not reporting Richard Sherman's injury

The Seahawks lucked out, and only received a warning from the NFL.

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Last month, it was reported that the Seahawks could lose a second-round pick for not disclosing Richard Sherman’s MCL injury during the 2016 season. On Tuesday, Mike Garafolo reported that the Seahawks were simply issued a warning by the NFL on Monday for violating the injury-reporting policy.

After the team’s Divisional round loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Seahawks revealed that Sherman played through a knee injury, and it was the team’s decision to not disclose the information. The NFL rules regarding the reporting of injuries are specific, and while Sherman missed practice time, it was never connected to the injury.

Pete Carroll told reporters that he made a mistake in not talking about it.

“I’m feeling like I screwed that up with not telling you that,” Carroll told reporters. “He was okay, so I don’t know, he never missed anything I guess is probably why (it wasn’t reported).

“I didn’t realize that we hadn’t even revealed it,” Carroll added. “I don’t even remember what game it was, it was somewhere in the middle, he was fine about it, he didn’t miss anything. Same with Russell [Wilson], he was fine about it. I don’t know how they do that, but they did.”

Sherman is undoubtedly happy about the revelation. He sounded off when he learned that the team could face further punishment.

"I heard some foolishness like that. That's just unfortunate,” Sherman said after the NFC’s Pro Bowl practice, via ESPN’s James Walker. “I think they kind of are a little too hard on our team for no reason. I think if there's other teams that kind of just got docked for the same thing, so it's going to be curious how they treat the other teams.

"I don't know if that should be the retribution," Sherman added. "I don't know what the course should be. But I think that's a bit harsh."

The Seahawks, who had already lost a fifth-round pick in the draft for excessive contact in offseason workouts, are perhaps lucky things weren’t worse for them.