Kendricks will be able to return for a game on Dec. 10 against Minnesota, the team for which his brother, Eric, plays.
Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been suspended for eight games, an NFL official confirmed to The Seattle Times. The news was first broken in a report Tuesday from Pro Football Talk.
Kendricks was indefinitely suspended in October and will get credit for time served — he has missed the past three games and will miss the next five. That means Kendricks can return for Seattle’s Monday Night Football game Dec. 10 against Minnesota, an NFL official confirmed.
Kendricks can return to practice two weeks before that, or after the Seahawks play Green Bay on Nov. 15, the league confirmed.
Kendricks was suspended after pleading guilty to a felony charge of insider trading. He was released by the Browns shortly after and was a free agent until being signed by Seattle on Sept. 13 to help replace the injured K.J. Wright at weakside linebacker. Kendricks started two of the next three games and had 15 tackles and two sacks before being indefinitely suspended Oct.2.
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Seattle coach Pete Carroll had said on several occasions since then that the team was hoping for some clarity with Kendricks’ situation.
“I’m hopeful that by the end of this week, maybe we hear something early next week that they have some kind of a decision here coming out of next week, but that’s kind of hopeful on my part,” Carroll said Friday. “They haven’t guaranteed us that at all, but they have gone through the process, and they’ve come out of it with the direction that they’ve got to come up with where this fits, and they’re trying to measure what to do next. They’re on it, (and) it should happen fairly soon coming out of this weekend.”
Kendricks does not count against Seattle’s 53-man roster while suspended, and the team will receive an exemption for him to return to practice next month. The team would have to make a roster move for him to be active against the Vikings on Dec. 10.
Wright returned to the lineup Sunday against Detroit after missing six games. But Carroll made it clear the Seahawks wanted to keep Kendricks, as he can add depth behind Wright and help on special teams, and maybe allow the Seahawks to explore some different sub packages with their linebackers.
Kendricks, 28, was a starter last year for the Super Bowl champion Eagles and spent six years with them before signing with the Browns in the offseason as a free agent.
The PFT report says Kendricks could appeal but no decision had been made. The PFT report, though, also said the fact that Kendricks will be allowed to play again this season is an “an unexpected win” potentially indicating all involved will let the matter rest with the eight-game suspension.
Kendricks signed a one-year contract with Seattle and faces sentencing in January.
“Really, what I’m concerned about is Mychal and trying to keep him attuned to what’s going on, because it’s a very difficult situation to be in limbo,” Carroll said last week of not knowing the length of his suspension. “He’s got some big stuff coming up in January, but this is different. This is a different set of circumstances, and he’s working with the league and hoping that he can get a sense for where it fits and get his mind right and all that. I’ve just been trying to get information to help Mychal kind of make sense of all of this.”
The news came just a few hours before Tuesday’s NFL’s trade deadline. That was likely no coincidence, however, as the Seahawks were surely pushing for clarity on their roster situation going forward.
Returning to play against Minnesota means Kendricks should get to play against his brother, Eric, a linebacker for Minnesota.