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League reviewing Hill’s possible violation of suspension

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm with 22 Comments »
September 17, 2010 2:50 pm

Linebacker Leroy Hill fully participated in practice today and should be ready to play on Sunday.

However, the team will have to deal with some fallout after Hill attended last week’s game on Sunday, which was a violation of his game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The rule states that players cannot attend games during their suspension.

The Seahawks linebacker and the team could face additional fines and punishment by the league for the violation

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the league has contacted the team, but he has not specifically talked with anyone from league about the issue.

“I didn’t know what the rule was on that one, and I didn’t tell him,” Carroll said. “So what he did, he did on his own. But we should have been able to let him know what was going on. We just didn’t tell him.

“So he showed up. He was there but I didn’t see him around. The rule says a guy that’s suspended isn’t supposed to be at the stadium. And so I didn’t know that. We found out the hard way.”

A spokesperson from the league said they are still reviewing the issue, so the incident will not affect Hill’s playing status for Sunday.

“We do not expect to conclude the review before next week,” said Randall Liu, a spokesperson for the league.

Hill said he was not aware of the rule.

“I didn’t know,” he said. “I went to the game and I thought it was fine. I was up in the stands. I didn’t go on the field. I didn’t go to the locker room or nothing like that. I went to the game to support my teammates.”

Carroll said wide receiver Mike Williams (thigh) is ready to go for Sunday.

Matt McCoy (thigh) did not practice and will be checked out again on Saturday, according to Carroll. He’s listed as doubtful on the injury report. And rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) will not make the trip, although he’s making progress.

“I was hoping he would be running a little more than he was,” Carroll said. “He was jumping rope and doing a bunch of stuff. He is getting up on his toes and doing things that shows that he can do that stuff next week.”

Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle, according to Carroll. But veteran offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee) will not make the trip and is listed on the injury report as out, so Mansfield Wrotto likely will serve as the team’s swing tackle.

“He’ll be home rehabbing,” Carroll said about Pitts.

Along with Williams, defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle) and offensive guard Mike Gibson (back) were full participants in practice.

For Denver, S Darcel McBath (forearm), OL Ryan Harris (ankle) and RB Laurence Maroney (thigh) are out.

OL Chris Kuper (knee/ankle) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) are questionable, and WR Eddie Royal (groin) and WR Demaryius Thomas (foot) are probable.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    An embarrassing oversight (I presume they genuinely didn’t know) not unlike what the Bucs are going through with Aqib Talib. Pay the fine, move along.

    My question is if he was really in the stands or in a suite like Talib. If he was just sitting in a seat like the rest of us, that’s pretty cool actually.

  2. chuck_easton says:

    I agree Duke,

    If more than one player from more than one team makes the same mistake on the same day then perhaps the rule isn’t as “clearly defined” as the league things?

    One time is a mistake, two or more times where the same mistake is made is a trend.

  3. chuck_easton says:

    “things” should have read thinks!

    Where’s that darned EDIT button? Oh, yeah, it doesn’t exist!

  4. “I didn’t know,” he said. “I went to the game and I thought it was fine. I was up in the stands. I didn’t go on the field. I didn’t go to the locker room or nothing like that. I went to the game to support my teammates.”

    If that’s all true – what a stupid rule. Also, begs the question, who ratted him out?

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Maybe we really will be just like USC afterall…..It’s a dumb rule, but it should be somebody’s responsibility in the front office to go over the rules of NFL suspension with a player.

  6. zombiehooliganfc says:

    Edit Button = Use Mozilla instead of Explorer and at least you’ll get some spelling help.

    As for Carroll, all I have to say is, COME ON MAN…We’re going to be the first NFL team on sanctions or something. Probably win the Super Bowl and have to return the trophy. Who knows? Get it together, sport. In and of itself, who cares about this mistake, but of all the people, Prickly Pete couldn’t even make it through his first game without breaking a rule.

  7. wabubba67, I agree completely. Don’t the Seahawks have someone in their HR or Legal department who should have been responsible for ensuring that the team and its players are complying with the league’s rules for suspensions, etc.? If not, I suggest they get busy and hire someone. It really shouldn’t be on the coach’s plate.

  8. Wow…slow week at NFL HQ. He should get a warning…over and done with, next.

    Maybe they should put their energies into bringing down ticket prices so a normal family of four can afford to go to a game once in a while.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    zombiehooliganfc…..did you notice how PC coaches??? We have a legal team in the FO. They are the ones who should have advised Leroy….

  10. snydro22 says:

    I was wondering who the jerk was that pushed his girlfriend down the stairs in section 127 on Sunday.. And it did smell an awful lot like herb up by the concessions.. And I did have to swerve around a parked car in the middle of an intersection on the way home..

    Damn, now that I think about it, all the signs were there..

    Just kidding, I didn’t even make it off my couch on Sunday, except to throw things in the first quarter and dance embarrassingly when it was over..

  11. Leroy Hill or a majority of the Seahawks could set next to me at a game and I wouldn’t recognize them.

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson can play in Week 5 if he’s traded by next Wednesday, the NFL and the players union decided Thursday.

    Tyler Polumbus was making his first start at LT up against last years pro bowl DT Justin Smith who was limited to 1QB hit, 4 tackles. Not bad but he did allow LaBoy to record a sack. On review his mobility for a big man was impressive. No doubt he is a product of the ZBS regularly picking himself up off the turf after a cut block. But you’ve gotta luv the Big Nasty he displays putting defenders on their backside without offering a hand up. First man down was DE/LB Parys Haralson 5:10 2nd qrt. Last drive in the 4th qrt 6:05 remaining put Justin Smith over. Then again on the next play cut Patrick Willis to the ground.

  12. HeliJoe86 says:

    According to Sando the rule does not state that you can’t attend games as a fan.

  13. OldLefty says:

    What an inane rule! I can understand that he shouldn’t be on the field…..but in the stadium??????

    Pay the fine, move on.

    The defense looked primo last week. Special teams looked good, too. If Matt could just play a game without a slow start, we might see some sucesss this year.

  14. BobbyAyala says:


    Spark another owl, Leroy.

  15. I wonder if Donovan McNabb understands the overtime rules yet?

  16. raymaines says:

    It’s not practical, but……

    I’d love to see the rule saying a player couldn’t buy a ticket with his own money and sit in a seat in the stands of a public gathering at any stadium he isn’t specifically bared from, challenged in court. The NFL is totally of of bounds on this one.

  17. If Hill paid for the ticket and came to the game as a fan and was not affiliated with the team I don’t think the league should be able to do anything. The laegue does need to clearify if suspended players can come to games as fans. To be honest I don’t think the league should be able to do anything if players come as fans and are not associated with the team at that time.

  18. snydro22 says:

    The only way I can see LeRoy getting in trouble for this one is if his girlfriend was sitting in a seat within 100 feet of him..

  19. Re the OT, is this the NFL or the NCAA? C’mon commish, lighten up & get a clue.

  20. ljarllrajl says:

    Oh No’s!

    They gonna take Leroy’s Heisman.

  21. ljarllrajl

    Damn funny!

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