Leroy Hill could stand trial as Seahawks head to camp

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team is “getting closer to understanding what the situation is” when it comes to linebacker Leroy Hill, who remains estranged from the team following his April arrest on charges of domestic violence.

Whether that means Hill could have a future with the organization and the new coach remains to be seen. Hill made his second appearance in Issaquah Municipal Court on the misdemeanor assault charge. He is scheduled to have another preliminary hearing July 14 and then a readiness hearing on July 23. If there are no delays, he could go to trial in the final week of July when the team is preparing to begin training camp. Hill has pleaded not guilty.

“We will know more about that pretty soon,” Carroll said.

David Hawthorne, who played well at times for the Seahawks last season, particularly in a loss to the Chicago Bears at Qwest Field, has been working with the starting unit at weak-side linebacker.

"Practice is hugely important," Carroll said of the time Hill is missing. "There's a new system. There's a whole new approach to how we're doing things. It's certainly hindered his opportunity without question. The other guys have just rocketed ahead with their chances and taking advantage of that. That's part of the competition. You do what you can with your opportunities"

Hill, who is on probation for a marijuana charge in Georgia, faces possible discipline from the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. If he wanted to, he could probably force the hand of the team, which is preventing him from attending offseason workouts. If Carroll is true to his word, maybe there is a resolution soon.

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