After several weeks of appeals by both the Seattle Seahawks organization (including head coach Pete Carroll) and former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the NFL has finally provided an actual timeline for his suspension. He’ll have to sit eight games, but will get credit for time served, and will be available to return to the team and practice on Nov. 12.
Per source, NFL suspends LB Mychal Kendricks eight games, with credit for time served. He's eligible to return to the team and practice on November 12.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 30, 2018
Kendricks initially pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges back in August, but with his next court date not until the end of the 2018 regular season, the Seahawks added him to a thinning defense that needed someone who could play now.
He saw action in three games in Seattle before the NFL suspended him for his legal issues, but in a surprising move, listed his suspension as indefinite.
There was no precedent for this kind of crime and this kind of punishment, but leaving it open-ended seemed a bit far-reaching given domestic violence is an “automatic” six-game suspension, and testing positive for PEDs typically comes with three or four game penalties.
Carroll and Kendricks both argued that the term indefinite was inappropriate for this situation, and after meeting with Roger Goodell last week face-to-face, the commissioner finally set a specific timetable for the linebacker’s return.
In his three games with the Seahawks, he was fairly productive, making 15 total tackles, 2.0 sacks and a pass breakup.