Tag:Leroy Hill
Posted on: August 19, 2010 10:39 am

Another suspension likely for Leroy Hill

Posted by Andy Benoit
L. Hill (US Presswire)
As expected, Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be facing another suspension. Hill is already suspended for Week 1 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after pleading guilty to marijuana charges in Georgia.

In a separate incident in April, Hill was charged with fourth-degree domestic violence in Issaquah, WA. He was arrested after an altercation with his live-in girlfriend who, according to police, showed signs of injury. The alleged victim, however, has not cooperated with authorities.

Hill was facing a trial later this month. But Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that the sixth-year linebacker has instead entered into a stipulated-order of continuance, which means he’ll avoid trial and have all charges dismissed as long as he complies with the court’s guidelines for the next 18 months.

Pro Football Talk has confirmed that this does not mean Hill is clean under the terms of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The league will review the situation and likely hand down another suspension. Hill has been a starter his previous five seasons in Seattle, but he’s projected to be the first linebacker off the bench in 2010.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 9:16 am

Hot Routes 8.14.10: Roster Bubbles and Mannings

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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is out a few weeks with a knee injury. Considering he could face further suspension from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, and considering he hasn't lived up to his big contract as of late, this injury basically solidifies his backup status.

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley could be on the roster bubble in Denver. It's okay, though, whether he's on a team or not, we can still describe him as "scrappy" (i.e. "white").

Hard Knocks viewership is up 37 percent this year. Nearly ¼ homes with HBO in the New York area tuned in to Wednesday’s premier.

Dolphins cornerback Will Allen will miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Allen has been having problems with the knee he blew out last October.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says, based on what he’s heard, Elvis Dumervil is expected to return from his torn pec sometime during the regular season.

Colts offensive coordinator Jim Christensen will be on the sideline during games, not up in the booth. Indy’s previous playcaller, Tom Moore, preferred the sideline as well.

Will Brinson apparently already posted this in yesterday's Hot Routes, but since port-a-potty is a super-hyphenated term we rarely get to use on this blog, I'm going with it again. So...Chiefs assistant coach Maurice Carthon used a port-a-potty for one of the running back drills. It was meant to develop hand-eye coordination. Click here if you can’t resist an explanation.

Colts say there’s no timetable for Manning’s contract talks.

Speaking of Mannings…if you’re interested in reading about what it’s like to be married to Eli, click here.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:33 pm

Is Leroy Hill in danger of losing his job?

What to do with Seahawks LB Leroy Hill? After all, he’s been hit with a one-game suspension to open the season, and he’s facing assault charges in Issaquah, Wash., that could lead to more games missed. Well, if you’re Seattle, you demote him to the third team.

That’s exactly what the coaching staff did Saturday when the Seahawks opened camp. According to the Seattle Times , David Hawthorne played weakside LB with the first team, much as he’s done all offseason, and when he moved to the middle to replace Lofa Tatupu later in the day, Will Herring replaced Hawthorne.

Hill, who will be in court Aug. 20 for a pretrial hearing, is owed $8 million this year, but right now, it’s iffy if Seattle will opt to keep him around.

"I don't think it's any question that it's a distraction for him," coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "It's something that he has to deal with to some extent, but he's working really hard. I think this is good for him to be here and taking care of his business, and then we'll see what happens. We don't know what the result of this is, and then we'll deal with it when we have the information."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:58 pm

Could Leroy Hill face another suspension?

Leroy Hill’s attorney requested and was granted a continuance by the Issaquah Municipal Court Thursday. The Seahawks linebacker faces a fourth-degree assault/domestic violence charge. The next hearing will be August 20. If it is determined that a jury is ready, Hill’s trial could begin before the end of the month.

Recently, there have been some twists in the legal proceedings. The prosecutor, Lynn Moberly, believes the no-contact order between Hill and the alleged victim has been violated. What’s given her that idea? Police have spotted the victim’s car in the driveway of Hill’s home.
Furthermore, police want to serve the victim with a subpoena, but they have been unable to track her down. Authorities are trying to obtain phone records to determine if Hill and the victim have been in touch.

The Seahawks open training camp Saturday. Hill was told by the team to stay away during spring. He joined his teammates in June. In July, Hill received a one-game suspension for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy for pleading guilty to marijuana charges in Georgia on April 1 (what a fool).

Hill’s $6 million salary in 2010 is guaranteed, which may explain why the Seahawks haven’t cut the underachiever. Another suspension  is the only thing that could jeopardize Hill’s guaranteed money. They’d never say this publicly, but it makes sense for the Seahawks to root against their own player once Hill’s trial gets underway.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 8:16 pm

Leroy Hill suspended only 1 game

In a rare case of an NFL player getting off easy, the Seattle Times L. Hillis reporting that Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been suspended by the NFL for one game in 2010. In April, Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in Georgia. The league suspended him under the substance abuse policy guidelines.
What makes Hill’s punishment light is that he is still facing an assault charge in Issaquah Municipal Court, which is currently progressing toward trial. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. This would potentially make Hill a multi-offender of the league’s conduct policy. It’s surprising the NFL didn’t wait to gather more data before handing down this suspension.

Hill’s status with the Seahawks was up in the air, in part because in, addition to off-field problems, he hasn’t lived up to his big contract. But with only a one-game suspension, expect the sixth-year pro to remain on the roster as the team’s top utility backup linebacker.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:32 pm

Leroy Hill's Status in Seattle

After a second run-in with the law prompted the Seahawks to tell Leroy Hill to stay away for much of the offseason, the outside linebacker rejoined his teammates today. Hill’s return is somewhat curious given he still has a domestic violence case scheduled for June 23.

But don’t assume that Hill’s future is secure in Seattle. He is due to make $6 million in 2010, which is a hefty sum for an inconsistent player who has modestly regressed in recent years.

Most damning to Hill's starting prospects is that the Seahawks absolutely have to get David Hawthorne on the field this season. The undrafted third-year pro was phenomenal filling in for an injured Lofa Tatupu at middle linebacker in ’09. Tatupu is too good to bench, so Hawthorne would have to fill the weakside slot that recently became vacant when Aaron Curry switched to his collegiate strong side position. Hawthorne’s downhill speed and proclivity for infiltrating the backfield make him an ideal fit for the weak side. Hill is certainly athletic enough for this role, as well, but he doesn’t begin to have Hawthorne’s playmaking prowess.

---Andy Benoit

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