Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill rejoined the team on Monday for the first time in over two months as they head into the final two weeks of their offseason workout program.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider told the 27-year-old to stay away from the team’s practice facility while he worked to resolve his legal issues.
Hill was arrested in April stemming from an alleged domestic dispute between Hill and his live-in girlfriend at his Issaquah home. Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of assault for his role in that April 10 incident. He has pleaded not guilty.
Hill hasn’t participated in workouts with the team since the incident. Although the Seahawks have maintained that they kept Hill away so he could focus on his legal issues, financial considerations and the possibility of Hill suffering an injury while his playing status is uncertain also factored into the decision.
The incident in Issaquah was Hill’s second run-in with the law in just over a year. The April incident occurred just 10 days after Hill was sentenced to 12 months probation for misdemeanor drug possession stemming from a Jan. 24, 2009, incident in which police found him asleep in his vehicle at an intersection in suburban Atlanta. There was marijuana in the car.
Brian Fortner, solicitor-general for Douglas County, Ga., indicated in May that if prosecutors in Issaquah move forward with their case against Hill, he will likely file a motion to revoke Hill’s probation, which would require Hill to appear at a court hearing in Georgia.
Another pretrial hearing will be held July 14, and ultimately a readiness hearing will be held July 23, when prosecutors will have to decide whether they have enough evidence to ask for a trial date. If that occurs, a trial likely would begin the following week.
The Seahawks are awaiting advice from the league on how to handle the situation.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.