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Seahawks pay a price for PED suspensions

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There may be a reason that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider spoke out this week, expressing the team's disappointment about a growing list of suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs and explaining that actions have been taken.

The Seahawks probably have paid for these suspensions, perhaps more than $60,000. And more suspensions this year should hit the team financially.

Although he wouldn't say it was so exactly, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello all but confirmed the Seahawks have paid a price.

"There are financial consequences for a team that has multiple players suspended in a season under those policies," Aiello said earlier this week.

Based on a policy implemented by the NFL in 2008, Mike Florio of NBC's Pro Football Talk calculated that the 2012 suspensions alone would have cost at least $60,845.

On Monday, Carroll addressed growing concerns nationally that he's running a rogue program. The recent suspension of Bruce Irvin gives the Seahawks a league-leading seventh player to test positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the Seattle head coach's tenure, which began in January 2010. Among that group, cornerback Richard Sherman had his penalty reversed because of a chain-of-custody issue during the collection of his urine sample.

"We have to figure this out and try to help through education and through all of the ways we can," Carroll said. "And we'll always compete to find more creative ways to make the message clear."

Seahawks general manager John Schneider went public with his disappointment on SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week, insisting the club has "gone above and beyond what the league has done" to educate players.

Schneider told hosts Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon that the Seahawks were working hard on the problem.

"This is something we take very seriously here," Schneider said. "The league has done a great job of educating guys, and we've actually gone above and beyond what the league has done. We have a guy in place here that helps our player-development people. You do what you can. It's very disappointing.

"Pete and I sat down with Bruce. Pete addressed it with the team. Bruce addressed the team.

"And, you know, really good organizations are the organizations that can take body blows. We look at this as a learning opportunity and one that obviously needs to be addressed, but this is also an opportunity for others to step forward."
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