Seahawks must forfeit fifth-round draft pick, pay fines for OTA violation

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks watches the game in the third quaarter of the home opening NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks were punished Monday for “excessive on-field physical contact” during organized team activities earlier this summer, the NFL announced.

The Seahawks will forfeit a fifth-round draft pick next year, and also must pay a $400,000 fine, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Coach Pete Carroll also will have to pay a $200,000 fine, and the Seahawks will lose their first week of OTAs next season – a total of three days.

Rapoport reported that the punishment stems from a review of the team’s June 6 practice video, and it was determined the team violated the league’s “no-live-contact” rule.

The team was also punished for violating the same rule in 2012 and 2014. The Seahawks were fined $300,000 and lost some practice time for the 2014 incident, and Carroll and the team were fined in 2012 and lost two OTA sessions.