Seattle Seahawks Injury Update: Hill Out, Unger Back


Dec 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) and Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) and Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill (97) celebrate after Irvin scored a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated St. Louis 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks are mostly healthy for their playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, but will be missing DT Jordan Hill.

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Pete Carroll provided an extensive update to Seattle injury situation in his press conference on Tuesday. The news was mostly good, but there was one significant piece of bad news for Seattle.

Defensive tackle Jordan Hill hurt his calf in a workout over the weekend and won’t be available this week. In fact, he likely won’t be available for the remainder of the playoffs. This injury is unrelated to the knee injury sustained against the Rams.

Hill has been a huge part of Seattle’s defensive interior down the stretch. His play has been a huge part of how the Seahawks have been able to overcome the loss the Brandon Mebane earlier in the season. With Hill out, Carroll said that there will be a competition this week between DeMarcus Dobbs (who is now healthy) and the recently signed Landon Cohen to see who will take Hill’s place in the rotation. Dobbs has been a standout pass rusher when he’s played. Cohen is a great athlete, and is more of a run stuffer compared to Dobbs. The only other player who is out for this weekend’s game against the Panthers is backup safety Jeron Johnson. Everyone else is heathy and ready to go. Most importantly, that includes starting center Max Unger. Unger has been a major difference maker when he’s been healthy this season. The Seahawks have played well most of the time without Unger, but they’ve been even better when he’s been on the field.

Other notable players who are back and ready to play include wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and cornerback Tharold Simon.