Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill, pushing for a starting spot, has a strained bicep rather than a partially torn one and will be evaluated weekly.
Reports on Wednesday night indicated he might miss 3-6 weeks with the tear, but coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Thursday that it is not as serious as that.
That comes as good news for a defense that has been without a number of defenders for much of the preseason -- Chris Clemons (ACL, PUP), Cliff Avril (hamstring), Bruce Irvin (groin), Tony McDaniel (groin) and Greg Scruggs (knee, PUP) on the injured list.
McDaniel will start Friday in Green Bay -- his first action of the preseason as he tries to make up some major ground and prove he should be on the team. With Hill and fellow rookie Jesse Williams out, this is McDaniel's best chance to show what he can do.
Meanwhile, pass rushers Avril and Irvin will be game-time decisions, Carroll told reporters. Neither has played this preseason.
The Hawks have been extra cautious with many players, including tight end Zach Miller (foot) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee), and plan to have nearly everyone available for the season opener in Carolina.
Even James Carpenter might have a chance to return from his torn plantar fascia, but he is so far behind at this point it is hard to envision him unseating Paul McQuistan at left guard in the first month of the season -- if he even can at all.
With Hill's injury not as severe as initially reported, the Hawks won't have to compensate by weighting their roster toward the D-line.
McDaniel and Williams are in contention with Clinton McDonald and Jaye Howard to join a big linemen group that is led by Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant, Michael Bennett and Hill. The Hawks probably will keep just two more, so the last two games are huge for McDaniel, Howard, McDonald and Williams.