The hits keep coming for the Seahawks' defensive line this summer: Impressive rookie Jordan Hill reportedly suffered a partially torn biceps in practice Tuesday and will be out 3-6 weeks.
Hill joins Chris Clemons (ACL, PUP), Cliff Avril (hamstring), Bruce Irvin (groin), Tony McDaniel (groin) and Greg Scruggs (knee, PUP) on the injured list.
If he is out for three weeks, he will miss the opener at Carolina. It would mean Michael Bennett, Clinton McDonald or Jesse Williams likely would start next to nose tackle Brandon Mebane. The Hawks also likely would need to keep an extra lineman -- either Jaye Howard or Tony McDaniel -- and go short at another spot.
They could go with just three safeties, letting Chris Maragos go. Or they could go with just five linebackers -- Mike Morgan, listed as a LEO this camp, would be the sixth. Veteran Heath Farwell and rookies John Lotulelei and Ty Powell would be the odd men out in that scenario.
The Seahawks' depth has been tested in this camp, with 18-20 players routinely sitting out every practice. It will get worse as they cut down to 75 players on Tuesday and 53 on Aug. 31.
On offense, wide receiver Percy Harvin is expected to miss most of the season and the Hawks have been without receiver Sidney Rice, tight end Zach Miller and guard James Carpenter for almost all of camp.
Carpenter is likely to miss the opener with a torn plantar fascia, and Rice (knee) and Miller (foot) might not play until the Carolina game.
The Hawks still have a little over two weeks to start getting people back, but they can't afford to keep losing guys in the meantime.