NFL takes away 2 minicamp practices from Seahawks

NFL takes away 2 minicamp practices from Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, right, rushes with the ball as defensive back DeShawn Shead closes (35) in on the final day of NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks will forfeit two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 minicamp.

The league confirmed the penalties on Tuesday. ESPN.com first reported the violation and that Seattle would be fined $300,000 for the infractions.

Seattle will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and will be permitted one 2 1/2-hour practice on the final day. Seattle's players will be paid for all three days of the camp. The minicamp this past June was highlighted by a fight between All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates that was caught by television cameras.

Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 offseason due to excessive contact.