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Seahawks LB Hill placed on I.R.

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By PFW staff

The Seahawks placed LB Leroy Hill on injured reserve because of an Achilles injury. Hill will have surgery, and his tumultuous season will be cut short after he played in just one game.

Hill missed much of the preseason with a knee sprain and was suspended for the Seahawks' season opener for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He also dealt with a trial for a domestic violence charge at the end of August.

When Hill returned in Week Two, he suffered the right Achilles tendon injury against the Broncos.

The six-year veteran recorded 7½ sacks as a rookie in 2005.

The Seahawks re-signed DT Craig Terrill to fill Hill's spot. The team had cut Terrill on Sept. 7. He has played six seasons with Seattle, starting four games.

The team also promoted OG Mike Gibson to the 53-man roster. Gibson was released Sept. 28 and then added to the practice squad the following day. He takes the roster spot of OG Chester Pitts, who was cut Sept. 30.

The way we see it

While this is sad news for Hill, he has been quite the distraction for the Seahawks this year with his off-the-field issues. He has been injury-plagued and was out of shape after not having much of a training camp. LB David Hawthorne, who took over Hill's starting job, led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions in just 11 starts in 2009.


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