By Brent Stecker

Members of Miami Fire Rescue transported a woman at the center of an investigation involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton from their hotel suite to a hospital, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.

The woman claims to have blacked out after drinking with the players on April 1, and woke up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she ended up there.

"At 12:32 (a.m.), Miami Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Viceroy (hotel) and transported a 25-year-old female from the Viceroy to the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room," Miami Fire Lt. Ignatius Carroll told The Miami Herald.

The police department is only authorized to release the incident report and would not answer questions pertaining to the case, including who summoned emergency personnel to the hotel suite or why the woman was admitted to a hospital.

TMZ.com reported Thursday that Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, though the incident report does not include any mentions of sexual assault. Kaepernick responded to the allegations via Twitter Friday.

"The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened," Kaepernick wrote. "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."

The Miami Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which investigates sexual battery and other serious crimes, is handling the case.
Kaepernick, Patton and Lockette have not been interviewed by police, according to Barrows.

By Stephanie Klein, MyNorthwest.com

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated in connection with what Miami police are calling a "suspicious incident" that allegedly occurred at an apartment rented by Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette earlier this month.

Kaepernick issued a statement via Twitter Friday morning:

According to an incident report, a woman met Kaepernick, Lockette, and Quinton Patton, a wide receiver for the 49ers, at the apartment, made them drinks and served them shots, then was told to "hit" a bong that contained marijuana.

The report says the woman went to a bedroom where she was later joined by Kaepernick. He left the room, not having sex, the woman said in the report. She reported Patton and Lockette peeked inside the room and she told them to get out.

Police say the woman reports waking up in the hospital the next day with no memory of what happened after yelling at Patton and Lockette.

Kaepernick, Lockette, and Patton have not been charged with anything.

By Brady Henderson

Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:

Jim O asked how linebacker K.J. Wright – who is entering the final year of his rookie contract – fits into the Seahawks' plans.

O'Neil: That's a really good question, and one that can be applied to the other linebackers as well: Bobby Wagner and to a lesser extent Malcolm Smith. We haven't seen the Seahawks pay a linebacker big money yet. We've seen them cut a linebacker when he didn't take a paycut: Lofa Tatupu. We've seen them trade an linebacker who was overpaid for his contributions: Aaron Curry. We've seen them let a productive linebacker walk in free agency: David Hawthorne. We haven't seen them pay a linebacker yet, though.

GM fan asked whether Seahawks fans should be worried about another team's owner luring general manager John Schneider away from Seattle with a huge contract and an opportunity to have complete control of an organization's football operations.

O'Neil: What could another team offer that he doesn't have here? I ask that in all seriousness because I don't think there is a better job. And if you point out final say over football operations, are you sure that he won't get that here in Seattle when coach Pete Carroll retires?

Jim O asked whether wide receiver Jermaine Kearse could have a significant impact next season if he's given a bigger role.

O'Neil: There's no reason to think he won't thrive with more playing time. At the same time, we haven't seen him exhibit that kind of consistency because he hasn't been placed in that role. I would list Jermaine Kearse and Greg Scruggs as the two veterans who will have the most to gain after the offseason attrition.

tom page asked whether the Seahawks will be more inclined to look for offensive linemen later in the draft because of the early-round picks like James Carpenter and John Moffitt that haven't panned out.

O'Neil: I agree with your observation, but don't believe it will have the tangible effect you're describing. I don't think the Seahawks will avoid taking O-linemen early in the draft because they weren't successful in the past. From what I know with the Seahawks, they would look at those past picks as experiences that would help them refine their draft rationale and avoid making similar mistakes in judgment.

howker asked about the nature of the foot issues that sidelined cornerback Tharold Simon during his rookie season.

O'Neil: It has been described in different ways. Coming out of training camp, Carroll said it wasn't quite a stress fracture, but an injury that could become a stress fracture if he didn't rest it. Then, toward the end of the season, Carroll said Simon was having a problem with his other foot, not the one that was previously the problem. Whether he plays or can contribute down the road is all projection at this point.

By Brady Henderson

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette's alleged involvement in what the Miami Police Department is calling a "suspicious incident" that also involves 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

By Brady Henderson

Backup safety Jeron Johnson has restructured his one-year deal with the Seahawks and can make as much as $2 million next season, ESPN's John Clayton reported Thursday.

Johnson, 25, was a restricted free agent and signed a second-round tender that would have paid him $2.187 million in 2014. The Seahawks had the option of asking Johnson to take a pay cut, and that is apparently what happened. Clayton's report suggests Johnson's base salary was reduced but that he can earn much of it back by reaching certain incentives.

Johnson signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has backed up Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas the past three seasons. He was limited to seven games in 2013 because of hamstring injuries on both legs.

Clayton's report stated that retaining Johnson was a priority for the Seahawks with Chancellor undergoing hip surgery this offseason.

Follow Brady Henderson on Twitter @BradyHenderson.

By Brady Henderson

This week's edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil will be held Thursday at 12:30.

By Brady Henderson

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated in connection with what the Miami Police Department is calling a "suspicious incident" that allegedly occurred earlier this month at an apartment rented by Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

Barrows reports that no charges have been filed and that the investigation is in its early stages. Earlier Thursday, the website TMZ.com reported that Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, but according to Barrows, the Miami Police incident report makes no mention of sexual assault.

Quinton Patton, a wide receiver for the 49ers, was also present at the apartment on the night in question, which is April 1. According to the report, a woman met Kaepernick, Lockette and Patton at the apartment, made them drinks and served them shots, then was told to "hit" a bong that contained marijuana.

From The Sacramento Bee:

The report continues to say that the woman felt light headed and went to a bedroom where she was later joined by Kaepernick, 26, with whom she had a sexual relationship in the past. Kaepernick then left the bedroom. The two did not have sex, she said in the report. The report says that Patton, 23, and Lockette, 27, peeked inside the bedroom and that the woman yelled at them to get out.

According to the report, the woman does not remember anything about the night after that. She woke up in a hospital bed the following morning not knowing how she got there. The woman, whose name is redacted, reported the incident to police on April 3.

Both the Seahawks and 49ers have released separate statements stating they're aware of the investigation.

Signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Lockette rejoined the Seahawks midway through last season after spending the 2012 regular season and 2013 preseason with the 49ers. He is close friends with Kaepernick, with whom he lived during his time with San Francisco. Lockette appeared in 11 games last season – including the playoffs – serving as Seattle's fourth receiver and playing on special teams. He is signed through 2014.

Kaepernick is coming off his first full season as the 49ers' starter. While he has a year remaining on his rookie contract, he is eligible for a contract extension that some believe could approach $20 million per season.

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Percy Harvin is one of the league's best kickoff returners, but does it unnecessarily expose him to injury? (AP)

By Brady Henderson

John Clayton, Jim Moore and Dave Wyman spent a portion of Tuesday's edition of "Cold Hard Facts" revisiting what has become their great debate – whether Percy Harvin should be the Seahawks' primary kickoff returner.

Here's the link to the audio. The Harvin conversation begins at the 7:15 mark.

As Moore and Wyman note, Harvin is unquestionably Seattle's best kickoff returner. But the debate boils down to whether it's too big a risk to expose an already injury-prone player to additional contact.

Clayton thinks it is.

"You need him more to spark the offense and give Russell Wilson more playmaking ability," he said. "You can occasionally spot him, but I am totally against the idea of him being the full-time returner because if he gets injured – and he tends to get injured because he runs so hard and plays so hard – you want him for the offense, not special teams."

Each opinion has merit, in my view.

Harvin came to Seattle having already established himself as one of the league's best kickoff returners, and what he did during his only two chances last season reinforced that. First was a 58-yard return in Week 11. Then, of course, was the 87-yard return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. It's hard to argue with a 72.5-yard average, and while that's obviously a small sample size, Harvin's career mark during the regular season is a healthy 28.2.

Seahawks 2013 Kickoff Return Stats
Player Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Fum.
Jermaine Kearse 13 283 21.8 40 0 1
Robert Turbin 8 177 22.1 27 0 1
Doug Baldwin 6 187 31.2 69 0 0
Percy Harvin 2 145 72.5 87 1 0
Jeremy Lane 2 47 23.5 25 0 0
The other side of it is Harvin's injury history and how much more the Seahawks figure to count on his contributions as a receiver now that Golden Tate is no longer in the mix. When he came to Seattle, Harvin was a luxury of sorts for a receiving corps that was returning its leading targets from the previous two seasons in Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice as well as Tate, who would go on to claim that distinction in 2013.

That's no longer the case now that Tate has moved on and Rice is unsigned as he recovers from a torn ACL. Seattle's receiver corps, as it's currently constructed, isn't as deep as it was last season and therefore may not be as well positioned to adsorb the loss of Harvin if he becomes injured.

Something else to keep in mind, though, is how the Seahawks' defense might limit the team's kickoff-return opportunities. Seattle has allowed the fewest points in the league the last two seasons, which has meant fewer times where opponents have kicked off to the Seahawks following a score. Seattle returned 33 regular-season kickoffs in 2013 and 29 in 2012, totals that ranked 25th and 30th, respectively. Fewer opportunities to return kickoffs means fewer hits, so if Seattle's defense comes close playing at the same level in 2014, that could indirectly mitigate some of the injury risk.

The table on the right shows the Seahawks' kickoff-return totals last season, including the playoffs. It excludes Tate, who returned four kickoffs but no longer factors into the equation now that he's moved on. It also excludes four instances where a kickoff – presumably a squib or an onsides kick – was fielded by a blocker.

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