Now we know why the Seahawks on Tuesday waived undrafted rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand to reduce their training camp roster to 76 players.
It had nothing to do with football and everything to do with the first of what ESPN reporter Brady Henderson says are Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s three rules: “Protect the team.”
According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Siverand was cut because he was caught trying to sneak a woman into his room at the team hotel. The 23-year-old rookie out of Oklahoma State even tried to disguise the woman in a Seahawks hoodie to make her look like a player.
Siverand began his college career at Texas A&M as a wide receiver before converting to corner. He transferred to Oklahoma State ahead of the 2018 season and appeared in 23 games for the Cowboys. The Seahawks signed him as an undrafted free agent on May 4.
Even though NFL preseason games were canceled for 2020, the league is pushing forward with an expanded training camp schedule and planning to start its regular season on time beginning Sept. 10. Players are tested for COVID-19 daily, a frequency that will continue through Sept. 4 when the NFL will re-evaluate its process relative to the rate of positive tests.
The NFL is not playing its 2020 season in a bubble like those used by the NBA and NHL. All 32 teams have their own COVID-19 precautions in place at their facilities.
Now we know the Seahawks’ precautions include video surveillance monitoring at the team hotel.
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