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January 6, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill won’t play this week UPDATED

RENTON — Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill won’t play this week against the Panthers, coach Pete Carroll said, and it sounds like Hill may be out for longer than just this game. UPDATED — As you can see on blogs posted after this, the team has since announced that Hill is going on IR and is done for the season.

Hill had left Seattle’s game against St. Louis in the season finale early with a sprained knee, but Carroll said Hill suffered a severe calf pull while working out over the weekend and won’t play on Saturday. Carroll also indicated that Hill could miss more time than just this week, although Carroll didn’t go into specifics.

“He has a pretty severe calf pull that’s going to keep him out on the other leg, so it wasn’t the knee thing that happened in the game. So he’s going to be out,” Carroll said.

With Hill out, Carroll said defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, should be able to return this week to fill Hill’s role. Hill had 5.5 sacks during the regular season, and all of those sacks came in the last six weeks.

Said Carroll when talking about the possibilities of not playing with Hill last week, “It would be a big deal if we don’t have him.”

The Seahawks will also be without safety Jeron Johnson, who suffered a dislocated elbow in the season finale. But other than Hill  and Johnson, Carroll said the Seahawks are largely a healthy group.

  • Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) should return this week after not playing against the Rams in the season finale.
  • Center Max Unger (knee/ankle) should also return this week, Carroll said. Unger hasn’t played in Seattle’s last six games, and Carroll pointed out that the Seahawks are statistically a better offense with Unger. “He helps us just be right more,” Carroll said.
  • Cornerback Tharold Simon (shoulder) should also be able to play this week, Carroll said.

Here’s some video of Carroll talking to the media Tuesday:

Seattle coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Tuesday.

 

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