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League reviewing Hill's possible violation of suspension

Linebacker Leroy Hill fully participated in practice today and should be ready to play on Sunday.

However, the team will have to deal with some fallout after Hill attended last week’s game on Sunday, which was a violation of his game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The rule states that players cannot attend games during their suspension.

The Seahawks linebacker and the team could face additional fines and punishment by the league for the violation

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the league has contacted the team, but he has not specifically talked with anyone from league about the issue.

“I didn’t know what the rule was on that one, and I didn’t tell him,” Carroll said. “So what he did, he did on his own. But we should have been able to let him know what was going on. We just didn’t tell him.

“So he showed up. He was there but I didn’t see him around. The rule says a guy that’s suspended isn’t supposed to be at the stadium. And so I didn’t know that. We found out the hard way.”

A spokesperson from the league said they are still reviewing the issue, so the incident will not affect Hill’s playing status for Sunday.

“We do not expect to conclude the review before next week,” said Randall Liu, a spokesperson for the league.

Hill said he was not aware of the rule.

“I didn’t know,” he said. “I went to the game and I thought it was fine. I was up in the stands. I didn’t go on the field. I didn’t go to the locker room or nothing like that. I went to the game to support my teammates.”

Carroll said wide receiver Mike Williams (thigh) is ready to go for Sunday.

Matt McCoy (thigh) did not practice and will be checked out again on Saturday, according to Carroll. He’s listed as doubtful on the injury report. And rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) will not make the trip, although he’s making progress.

“I was hoping he would be running a little more than he was,” Carroll said. “He was jumping rope and doing a bunch of stuff. He is getting up on his toes and doing things that shows that he can do that stuff next week.”

Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle, according to Carroll. But veteran offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee) will not make the trip and is listed on the injury report as out, so Mansfield Wrotto likely will serve as the team’s swing tackle.

“He’ll be home rehabbing,” Carroll said about Pitts.

Along with Williams, defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle) and offensive guard Mike Gibson (back) were full participants in practice.

For Denver, S Darcel McBath (forearm), OL Ryan Harris (ankle) and RB Laurence Maroney (thigh) are out.

OL Chris Kuper (knee/ankle) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) are questionable, and WR Eddie Royal (groin) and WR Demaryius Thomas (foot) are probable.