The NFL is taking part in its first sport in Germany, however a German-born participant for Seattle will not be taking part in in his first NFL sport. It is a part of the league’s quest to verify we by no means have good issues.
Aaron Donkor was born in Achern, Germany and performed internationally for the Dusseldorf Panthers, per NBC Sports activities. The Seahawks added him to their apply squad on an exemption given to groups collaborating within the league’s worldwide growth program. NFL groups historically maintain 16 gamers on their apply squads, however with the exemption, groups are allowed 17 gamers.
Per Gregg Bell of the Information Tribune, Seattle tried to maneuver him to the group’s energetic roster this week to provide him an opportunity to play in entrance of the house crowd.
The league knowledgeable the group of a technicality that Seattle wanted to maneuver Donkor onto its 16-man apply squad roster three weeks previous to when the request was made.
Per the Tacoma Information Tribune:
The league reasoned if it let the Seahawks play Donkor different NFL groups with worldwide growth gamers now and sooner or later may do the identical factor with out following the league’s guidelines in these conditions.
If solely there was a approach the league may change the foundations the league makes.
German NFL followers get a close-up of the NFL this Sunday. Sadly, the closest a German-born participant will get is the sideline.