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Originally published May 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM | Page modified May 17, 2010 at 6:49 PM

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Leroy Hill's status with Seahawks is unclear until legal issues are resolved

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill faces pretrial hearing Wednesday in Issaquah on misdemeanor assault charge.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Linebacker Leroy Hill remains on the Seahawks' roster, just not on the practice field.

He was absent from the team's workout Monday just as he has been from all organized team activities this offseason, instructed by the team to stay away after being arrested in Issaquah last month and charged with misdemeanor assault following a domestic dispute.

Hill's continued absence from the Seahawks' practices has prompted questions about his future with the team. Coach Pete Carroll was asked Monday if he expects Hill to be with the team next season.

"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."

The next step toward a resolution comes Wednesday in Issaquah, where Hill has a pretrial hearing in the assault case.

Then there's the question of whether that will impact his status in Georgia, where Hill is on probation after pleading guilty in the state court of Douglas County to misdemeanor drug possession relating to a 2009 arrest. The Georgia prosecutor could move to revoke Hill's probation depending on what happens with the assault charge.

And then there's the question of what the NFL will do. The league could discipline Hill.

"We're waiting for word from the league office where they stand on all this," Carroll said. "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, 27, has played five seasons with the Seahawks. He missed five games last season because of a groin injury and finished with 46 tackles, his fewest since entering the NFL in 2005. Under the contract he signed last year, he is scheduled to make $6 million in base salary in 2010.

Notes

• Most of Seattle's rookies are eligible to participate in Seahawks training now that their respective school years have concluded. Safety Earl Thomas of Texas, however, can't start until final exams are over later this week.

• The Seahawks released tight end Jason Pociask on Monday.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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