April 26, 2018
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League fines Carroll, Seahawks $300,000

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

The NFL has fined the Seattle Seahawks $300,000 for violating the collective bargaining agreement provision on offseason no-contact rules.

ESPN reported that head coach Pete Carroll was fined $100,000 and the team $200,000.

The Seahawks have been accused of allowing players to engage in “excessive levels of on-field contact” during the team’s mandatory minicamp for veterans on June 16.

In addition to the financial penalty, the team will lose two days of on-field two-a-days for veterans and will have its final day of minicamp limited.

Players will be paid for the cancelled practice sessions.

Carroll and the team also were fined in 2012 for a similar violation.

NFL clears Incognito to sign, play

The NFL cleared former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito for a return to full activity and participate in regular season games, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The Dolphins had placed Incognito on paid suspension as a result of his part in the bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin. NFL officials needed to review the investigation before deciding whether to allow Incognito to sign with a team.

Incognito is now free to sign with a team and can play immediately.

Incognito was scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, and several other teams appear to be interested.

Dolphins release QB Quinn

At least Brady Quinn has a job with Fox.

The veteran quarterback, who signed with Miami Dolphins two weeks ago, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he had been released.

“It was short lived, but I enjoyed every second. Thank you Miami Dolphins for the opportunity to play the game I love again. Best of luck to all the players and coaches this season,” Quinn wrote.

The Dolphins made other roster moves to reach the 75-player limit. They designated defensive tackle A.J. Francis, running back Mike Gillislee and tight end Arthur Lynch as reserve/injured and waived wide receivers Armon Binns and Ryan Spadola, tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive tackle Cory Grissom and center Tyler Larsen.

Lynch was a fifth-round draft pick this year. Gillislee was drafted in the fifth round in 2013 but buried on the depth chart behind three other running backs.

The 29-year-old Quinn had hoped to resurrect his career in Miami. The Dolphins were looking for some insurance for starter Ryan Tannehill and backup Matt Moore.

Even though he hopes to keep playing, Quinn does have a television deal with Fox Sports. He also recently tried out with the New England Patriots.

Quinn split last season between the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams, but he did not throw a pass. He played in 10 games and made eight starts for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 compiling a 1-7 record. Counting his time from 2007-09 with the Cleveland Browns, he has a 4-16 career record as a starter.

For his career, Quinn has a 53.8 percent completion rate, 12 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.

Meriweather to appeal suspension

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather will appeal his two-game suspension that the NFL levied for his latest helmet-to-helmet blow, a hit his coach called a “legitimate football play.”

The NFL’s statement on the hit Saturday at Baltimore, when officials ruled Meriweather hit Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith “with forcible contact to the head and neck area … on a pass play” cited no attempt to make a form tackle or wrap up the offensive player.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is hoping that the league will reduce or revoke the penalty.

“Unfortunately, for Brandon, he’s got a history of these types of events,” Gruden told reporters. This is the sixth time Meriweather has been cited for a violation of player safety rules.

“Whether or not it was significant enough to warrant a suspension is what they decided. … He tried to lower his target, I thought. I thought it was a legitimate football play, but the NFL didn’t see it that way.”

The Redskins contend that Meriweather could not avoid a helmet-to-helmet hit has both he and Smith lowered their heads as a pass sailed incomplete across the middle.

Smith said via Twitter that he does not think Meriweather should be suspended. He did add his feeling might be different if he had been injured on the play.

The league suspended Meriweather for two games last season for helmet-first hits. After an appeal, that suspension was reduced to one game.


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