The Seahawks have placed DT Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a calf injury today, officially ending his chances of joining the team for its 2015 playoff run.
To fill the open roster spot, DB Steven Terrell was signed (again) off the practice squad.
This comes as dreadful news for a player that was on the rise in recent weeks. Hill notched his first NFL interception in a clutch play against Shaun Hill and the Rams in Week 17 before going down with a sprained MCL. But that wasn’t what ended Jordan Hill’s season, according to Pete Carroll today. He reportedly injured his calf while working out over the weekend, which is probably the most anti-climactic ending imaginable for a surging player heading into the playoffs.
Fortunately, if there are two things the 2014-15 Seahawks know too well, it’s adversity and injuries. Hill himself was serving as Brandon Mebane’s replacement when he went down in Week 10. Previous unknowns such as Marcus Burley and Cooper Helfet have stepped in and played admirably when called upon. And now, much will be done to shuffle around the defensive line with another key player being lost. Kevin Williams and Tony McDaniel are quietly having extremely solid seasons. Dan Quinn knows how to put his guys in the best possible position to win, and to overcome adversity when it counts the most.
DeMarcus Dobbs may also be ready to play this weekend, and newly-signed DT Landon Cohen will get a bigger chance to contribute as well. It’s the same story as it’s ever been – next man up. But with a prime-time playoff game just four days away and a title to defend, the Seahawks’ ability to overcome adversity will once again be put to the test. Rest assured that they will be ready.