Hill Could Face More Consequences

Leroy Hill practiced fully today and will be ready to play this Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Hill also loved attending this past Sunday’s game when the Seahawks punded the 49ers. Problem is, he was suspended for that game. NFL rules state that when a player is suspended for any game in the season, that player cannot attend the game. The Seahawks knew Hill was there and did nothing to stop him.

Pete Carroll addressed the issue today with reporters. Carroll stated that:

“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 for the NFL stated they are reviewing the issue but will not have any statement until next week. This will allow Hill to play this Sunday.
I am not sure what the consequence will be, but since Roethlisberger’s suspension was reduced to four games for his conduct, Hill may just see a fine or another one game suspension.
Is it really that big of a deal to have a player who is suspended not attend a game?
[Here’s the relevant section of the NFL rules, courtesy of Sando’s blog:
The player shall be eligible to participate in all off-season (not including post-season games) and pre-season club functions, training programs, practices, pre-season games and meetings, up to and including the date of the team’s last pre-season game in the next NFL season. Additionally, the player shall be eligible, at the discretion of the club, to participate in all inseason club functions, training programs and meetings, but not in any in-season games or practices. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a player may not participate with his team in joint press conferences with team officials on or off club premises.
Note that the rules don’t specifically bar a player from the stadium on game day, as Carroll seems to think it does, it just bars him from participating in “any in-season games or practices.”  So, it would appear that the NFL’s investigation into the matter would hinge not on whether or not Hill was at the game, but rather whether he was there as a spectator or as a member of the Seahawks. -Ed.]