There are a couple reports out of Pennsylvania tonight that Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill could be out 3-6 weeks with a partially torn bicep.
Hill played at Penn State and is from Steelton, Pa. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after practice Tuesday that Hill had suffered the arm injury but did not offer details. Hill did not practice today, but Carroll did not speak to the media afterward (it was a regularly scheduled day for him to not talk) so there was no update on Hill today with the team saying it would come when Carroll talks to the media after Thursday’s practice.
Among those making the reports tonight is CBS 21 News in Harrisburg, which has this on-line story, stating that the injury “was believed to be much more serious, but an MRI taken was negative for a complete tear and he will not require surgery.”
A Tweet from another Harrisburg TV station indirectly quotes Hill as saying it’s not that bad and he will get further tests back tomorrow:
#Seahawks Jordan Hill partially torn bicep at practice Tues. Had MRI on Wed. gets test results back on Thursday. Hill says it's not that bad
— Josh Reed (@reedabc27sports) August 22, 2013
Hill has played well for the Seahawks in his first season with the team, seeing significant time with the first-unit defense both as a tackle in the nickel package and in early down run defense, and his loss for any length of time would be a blow to the team’s depth up front.
Both of the roles Hill has been playing are ones the Seahawks are still trying to solidify with the regular season now two-and-a-half weeks away, with the defensive line having been in flux throughout camp due to a variety of injuries. Fellow rookie Jesse Williams of Alabama, challenging for playing time in a similar role, has been limited throughout camp due to knee issues and did not practice the last two days.
Veteran free agent signee Tony McDaniel, listed as the starter at the three-technique defensive tackle spot, has been limited with a groin injury.
Seattle has continued to bring in new bodies on the line, and specifically at tackle, trading this week with Denver for DT Sealver Siliga, who practiced with the Seahawks for the first time today.