The NFL has suspended Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks eight games under its personal conduct policy stemming from his guilty plea to federal insider-trading charges, according to multiple reports.
Pro Football Talk reported the specifics of Kendricks’ suspension first, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation, and the Seattle Times confirmed the details, citing an unidentified NFL official.
Kendricks, who signed with the Browns in the offseason, was suspended indefinitely after pleading guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securities fraud, both felonies.
He was released by the Browns shortly thereafter and signed with the Seahawks on Sept. 13.
He’ll get credit for three games he has missed and will be eligible to play Dec. 10, when the Seahawks host the Vikings. He can return to practice and team meetings after Seattle plays Green Bay on Nov. 15, the league confirmed to the Times.
It’s unclear whether Kendricks, 28, will appeal the suspension because he’s still facing the possibility of prison time — “in the range of three years,” according to Pro Football Talk, but up to 25 years — and might opt instead to play as soon as possible because he is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
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Prosecutors accused Kendricks of profiting more than $1 million from July 2014 to March 2015 on non-public information provided by investment banker and co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki, who received $10,000 and game tickets from Kendricks, who played for the Eagles at the time.
The Seahawks (4-3) consider him a potential difference-maker as they hope to make a run at a playoff spot.
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