Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is sitting out offseason workouts at the request of the team while he attends to issues related to his recent misdemeanor assault arrest, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is taking a wait-and-see approach until he finds out whether the league will suspend Hill for the start of the season.
“We’re waiting for word from the league office where they stand on all this,” Carroll said, per Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “We’ll just have to wait it out. They were not able to tell us when that’s going to come, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Hill has a pre-trial hearing in connection with his assault case on Wednesday. He’s already on probation in Georgia stemming from a guilty plea to drug possession charges.
Despite those issues (and the fact that Hill, who is scheduled to make a $6 million base salary in 2010, is coming off a disappointing 2009 season), Carroll says he wants to have Hill on his team this year.
“I’m hoping,” Carroll said. “I mean, he’s part of our team. I’m hoping he will be and we need to see what that all means. We’ll figure it out when the time comes.”