NFL teams are not, by rule, allowed to engage in contact during OTAs (organized team activities). It's a rule that is in place following last year's new collective bargaining agreement.
Today, the NFL and NFLPA announced together that the Seahawks had violated the no-contact rule, and as a result, the team would forfeit two OTA practices and an offseason workout. Head coach Pete Carroll was not fined for the incident, although I'm sure the violation puts him on notice for future problems adhering to the new CBA.
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll never feared long-lasting and detrimental punishment for breaking the no-contact rule. Really, it's not a big deal to anyone, but even so, the punishment handed down by the league can't be viewed as anything other than the lightest of slaps on the wrist. Normally, I'm in favor of not hammering teams for minor violations, but I do think their needs to be a find in this instance.
The reason behind my rare support of fining ...