Seahawks Fans: Why Losing Leroy Hill Is Not So Bad

Lars HansonCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Donnie Avery #17 of the St. Louis Rams makes a catch against Leroy Hill #56 of the Seattle Seahawks on September 13, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

In the Seahawks 28-0 week one win against the St. Louis Rams, the Seahawks lost a key player on defense in Leroy Hill.

During the game, Hill came off late in the first quarter and came back late in the second quarter in street clothes.

At the time, it was reported as a "groin injury." After the game, the Seahawks' trainers had the opportunity to run all the tests on Hill, and they came to a consensus that Hill had a groin injury—possibly a tear.

Head coach Jim Mora Jr. reported yesterday that Hill will be out till week eight, after the Seahawks' bye week in week seven.

Yes, losing a starting linebacker like Leroy Hill is a significant loss, but it's not as bad as fans and everyone else is making it out to be.

The Seahawks have two outstanding backup linebackers in Will Herring (took the place of Hill in the Rams game) and David Hawthorne.

Herring recorded two tackles in the Rams game after replacing Hill. Hawthorne had a killer hit on Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, who bounced right back up and had a few choice words for David.

Both players will be a great fit to replace Hill, and losing Hill also doesn't look as bad because during the offseason the Seahawks let Hill go to free agency after they couldn't agree before the draft.

Hill wound up signing a long-term contract after the draft, but the Seahawks were confident they could go on without Hill if needed.

Another bright spot in the loss of Hill is that Aaron Curry can get even more tackles now without having another top linebacker in Hill.

Curry will be key against Frank Gore and the 49ers this weekend.

Don't look for the Seahawks to sign Derrick Brooks because he joined ESPN. The Seahawks don't need to add a linebacker with the two backups they have.

It should be fun this weekend against San Francisco.