Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be suspended eight games and will be eligible to return for a Week 14 game against the Vikings, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed.
The NFL placed Kendricks on an indefinite suspension under a violation of the personal conduct policy earlier in October after he pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges. Kendricks has already missed three games since the league levied that suspension and will be given credit for that time.
Pro Football Talk was the first to report the news of the suspension.
Kendricks will be available to return to practices and meetings in Week 12.
He is expected to be sentenced in January.
"I've just been in support of him and tried to stay abreast of it," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "Really what I'm concerned about is Mychal and trying to keep him in tune of what is going on because it is a very difficult situation to kind of be in limbo. 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 he can get a sense for where it fits so he can get his mind right. I've just been trying to get information to help him kind of make sense of all this."
Federal prosecutors say Kendricks illegally used tips from an associate, Damilare Sonoiki, to cash in on $1.2 million on four separate trading deals.
Kendricks started the season as a member of the Cleveland Browns before being charged. The team released him shortly after, but the Seahawks – who have been without linebacker K.J. Wright after he underwent knee surgery – signed Kendricks before Week 2.
Kendricks, 28, has started two of the three games he has played in Seattle, and has totaled 15 tackles and two sacks.
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