BIRDLAND – The Seattle Seahawks got in trouble with Commissioner Wyatt Earp, oops, I mean Roger Goddell on Tuesday.
Here’s the joint statement from the league and the NFLPA:
JOINT STATEMENT ON CBA VIOLATION BY SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”).
As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.
Ol’ Pete Carroll seems to have a “rules” problem given his “NCAA issues” at USC.
The Falcons will hold their second “open” organized team activities today at Flowery Branch.
Actually, the league watches film of practice to determine if the contact is in violation of the non-contact rules. So, that won’t be on our list of five things to watch.
Here are the five things to watch during today’s offseason NON-CONTACT practice:
1. Check attendance. Last week, defensive end John Abraham and tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Michael Palmer were not present at the “open” voluntary OTA on May 29. Palmer was on a mission to Serbia. I can’t wait to hear more about this from him. We’ll certainly share that with you all.
2. Watch the cornerback rotation. Coach Mike Smith and Mike Nolan know we are watching and they like playing musical chairs in the name of cross-training. So, I expect to see Asante Samuel at left and right corner. Dunta Robinson was at right corner and in the slot. Grimes stayed at left corner during last week’s open session.
3. Check out rookie Peter Konz. He should start getting his feet underneath him. He looks awfully good in shorts and a t-shirt. He’s going to be a load when director of athletic perfomance (strength coach) Jeff Fish gets finished with him in the weight room.
4. Check out the depth at linebacker. Spencer Adkins and Robert James have been around for a while now. They must be able to take the field in a pinch. Adkins made a strong showing in the playoffs last season.
5. Check out rookie safety Charles Mitchell. He got a pick last week and looked real fluid back there at free safety.
Check back in the afternoon, we’ll start posting some updates from the session. I’ll be able to shoot some tweets out right at 12:30 p.m. or so.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog