CHICAGO — Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles — safety Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means — stood side by side, each with one arm raised in the air during the national anthem prior to the Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and Bears.
Jenkins told the media this week that he planned to make a statement to further the conversation about social injustice as Colin Kaepernick and others around the league have done in recent weeks.
“I’ve got to do a better job,” Carroll said. “We got to make sure we’re toeing the line … we still didn’t quite meet the standards the (NFL) wants.”
The rule restricting excessive on-field physical contact during OTAs was put in place to enhance player safety by limiting contact during offseason workouts as well as an attempt to prevent teams from gaining a competitive advantage during summer months.
Seattle was previously fined $300,000 in 2014 and docked OTA sessions in 2012 for violating the non-contact rules. Carroll said the team’s previous violations probably led to more severe penalties being issued Monday.
The NFL also noted in its announcement that any additional violations by the club will likely result in “significantly higher fines, the cancellation of future OTA days, minicamp days, preseason or regular season practices, as well as the forfeiture of higher-round or multiple draft selections.”
For a team that consistently finds diamonds in the rough late in the draft, the forfeiture of a fifth-round pick will sting Carroll and general manager John Schneider.