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Seahawks waive sixth-round pick Scott after tackle fails physical

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on May 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm with 37 Comments »
May 23, 2014 11:09 pm

The Seahawks waived tackle Garrett Scott today after the sixth-round pick failed his physical because of a rare heart condition.

“After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett’s examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future,” said Executive VP and General Manager John Schneider in a statement released by the team.

“We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”

Scott, who signed his rookie contract Thursday, was Seattle’s first of two sixth-round draft choices (199th overall) in this month’s NFL Draft.

He played in 41 games with 35 starts for Marshall, and was voted to the All-Conference USA second-team after his senior season.

It looks like the Seahawks may already have an option to fill-in for Scott. According to this story, Seattle has signed former Cumberland University offensive tackle A.J. Harmon. Harmon was invited to and participated in rookie minicamp. Harmon started his college career at Georgia before becoming academically ineligible.

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  1. What a shame. Sounds like a nice young man and glad he graduated. I heard it reported that he should be able to keep his signing bonus of a little over $100,000. Best of luck.

  2. MoSeahawk12 says:

    And that is how a six round pick fails a physical. There was some question right after the draft. The FO didn’t miss on this pick. It was just bad luck. There is no way they would have known this.

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:

    sixth round

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    Nice to see they went ahead and signed him. Class organization. Best of luck Garret…

  5. Skavage says:

    Terrible situation for this young man. I’m just glad whatever it is was found now and not further down the road when it may have been too late.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    BobbyK, i just read your post from the last thread. I live in Bozeman so contact me when you’ll be around. Most those guys live in Helena or Missoula, so i think i’m the only Bozemanite here.

  7. GeorgiaRay says:

    Super cool that they signed him, giving him an opportunity to get some treatment without tons of personal distress monetarily…

  8. It’s awesome they caught this for his health and future. If it were Ruskell, he would have done something crappy like the Urban incident a number of years ago. That was classless. I always found it ironic that he was so gung-ho on character and yet he never seemed to practice in good faith the very character he demanded from others. Weird. Whereas Mr. Happy is the type of guy who will give extra chances and keep guys who prove they are worth it (and will boot the ones we was maybe wrong about), yet demonstrates in this instance that sometimes it’s better to do the right thing in terms for good will and the culture of his “program.”

    montanamike2 – I think we’re going to get to town late Wednesday and are going to leave Sunday morning (nothing final yet though) and one of the days we’re going to check out Yellowstone. I’m guessing at this point if you wanted to meet for a beer or two that Thursday or Friday might work best. We’re going to stay with a good friend of my wife’s and they’ll have plenty of gossip time and will probably be glad if I’m gone for a few hours. :)

  9. montanamike2 says:

    OK then, we’re on.

  10. It is nice they signed him so he will still get some money. But even if they hadn’t signed him, he still would have been able to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. It’s illegal now to deny coverage for a pre-exisiting condition.

    A J Harmon sounds like a good addition. He should be a hard worker, after getting dumped by Georgia and having to play for a little school.

    I just hope the Hawks have a good offensive line this year.

  11. freedom_X says:

    Though it seems like bad luck for Scott, it’s actually great for his long-term health that this was detected. If not for the physical, he might have been one of those people that were unfathomably struck down in the prime of his life.

    There is definitely a bright side to this, though it seem like terrible misfortune.

  12. TomlPDX says:

    That 100K will go a long way to helping him deal with his medical condition. Best of luck to him

  13. banosser says:

    According to Yahoo and Bob Condotta, Scott will get his bonus and salary… which equates to $550k

    Interestingly… the ESPN article about the Hawks ‘waiving’ him because of his heart condition mentions nothing about what the Hawks did for him monetarily.. smh

  14. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    rbuzby, open enrollment ended 4/1 next effective date is 01/01/2015 better chance of getting on parents plan.

  15. Macabrevity says:

    Classy move here, get the man paid before you help him move on to the next phase of his life.

  16. jawpeace says:

    Bummer for Scott. Oh well better for him that the Doctors were excellent and found his condition before dropping dead on the field. I was just getting excited thinking about his potential on the Hawks. As his weakness run blocking is Cables strength. And his strength pass blocking and quick feet were good. Oh well…proud of the Hawks organization for being so classy!

  17. akmac61 says:

    That is a great show of class by the Seahawks. I hope the young man’s heart problem is fixable. As far as Harmon goes, his being academically ineligible was alarming until I read the article about him. Dumb players are not capable of the introspection he shows in the article.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hopefully Scott will make a successful recovery & perhaps have a chance to play again down the road.

  19. Stuff like this does not go unnoticed, very upstanding and more than classy treatment of all the players; even those who never even get close to suiting up for game day. Should remain the hottest place for free agents and UDFAs to try out after draft day for years to come.

  20. @Doubledink, If Hutch goes into the HOF would it be as a Seahawk??? That would be a little weird but I don’t recall him having as much success after he left.

  21. Fabulous move by Seattle to sign and pay the kid AFTER he failed his physical! He’s headed to IR, hope he can play someday! Good luck to Scott!

  22. AZBubba71 says:

    I’m surprised that the NFL doesn’t require that all college players who make themselves eligible for the draft have to go through a rigorous physical examination so that organizations do not end up wasting draft picks on players that are unable to play.

    Seems like it would be fairly easy to avoid this situation in the future by having the NFL create a list of league approved physicians for all college players to choose from. Maybe too much potential liability for the league if the doctors missed something?

  23. Bobbyk–Just saw that you’ll be near Bozeman; I’m traveling between Helena and North of Flathead Lake next week for work, but if you will be near Bozeman next Fri-Sun I could head that way–the wife and kids love Bozeman!

  24. Looks like we’ll get there late Wednesday night and leave at some point Sunday morning.

  25. Ok, the family and I might head down Fri or Sat then; if you want, post an e-mail address I can reach you at. Or you can reach me through MontanaMike2, he’s got my phone number and e-mail address.

    I won’t post my e-mail address here cause it’s my name and my rabid “fans” might go off if I posted it lol!

  26. Hutch played well in Minny, they just didn’t win much (‘snicker’), and he had injuries. If that clown makes the HOF, I hope it’s as a Viqueen; but he can use his ridiculous press photos from the Times article on him from 2005; they looked like Fabio’s audition photos lol!

  27. …not that I’ve actually seen Fabio audition photos, but when I saw those hokey pics of Hutch, it made me think of Fabio…

  28. Maybe Hutch could have Ruskell introduce him.

  29. I have a gut feeling that the NFL teams give a more thorough physical than normal. Isn’t it nice to have a team that we don’t have to make excuses for?

  30. I suppose the decision to deal Scott in such an admirable way had to do with Paul’s pockets and so we should give him some credit.

  31. montanamike2 says:

    I’ve just finished tilling in the garden, it suddenly became summer here. Now i can barely move! Friday is my birthday and i’ll be 48 years old, what happened? It would be fun to hook up this week.

  32. SandpointHawk says:

    Slave likes Fabio…you’ll never live this down.

  33. Yup, got a Fabio Fathead lol!

  34. SandpointHawk says:
  35. MontanaMike–Happy Birthday! Hope I get to buy you a Birthday Beer!

  36. montanamike2 says:


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