The Seahawks appear to have gotten off with just a warning after having failed to disclose an injury that corner Richard Sherman dealt with during the season.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Seahawks were issued a warning on Monday for violating the NFL's injury-reporting policy. No further discipline will be handed down, per Garafolo, though if the Seahawks commit any future violations this most recent one would factor into whatever penalty is doled out.
The reasoning for the warning, it seems, is that the violation was a result of Seattle's misinterpretation of the rules. Sherman practiced fully when he practiced, and so the Seahawks figured they weren't required to disclose the fact that he had a knee issue.
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out, however, Sherman missed plenty of practice time. He didn't practice on the Thursday before the Divisional Round, on the Thursday before the Wild Card round, or on the Thursday leading up to a Week 16 matchup with with the Cardinals. In all of those instances, the Seahawks designated his absence as one that was not injury related.
That's an issue, one would think, because the Seahawks were well aware that Sherman was hurting. Pete Carroll said back in January that Sherman suffered an MCL injury during the season that impacted his play and his mindset.
Florio also points out that this isn't the first time in recent memory that the Seahawks have skirted the rules in one way or another. Three times in the last five years, they've violated offseason workout rules. If the league is willing to count the Sherman incident against the Seahawks if another problem pops up in the future, it would stand to reason that the NFL could ball up all of these violations up and come up with something more than a warning.
That it didn't is a head-scratcher.