What Leroy Hill's suspension means

The Seattle Seahawks announced a one-game NFL suspension for linebacker Leroy Hill for "violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse."

The suspension begins Sept. 4. Hill can practice and play in exhibition games. The team can activate him Sept. 13. This suspension is the shortest one possible, obviously, and that's great for Hill. It's good for Seattle.

When teams reduce to 53 players, the Seahawks will be able to set aside Hill on the reserve/suspended list, allowing them to carry carry another player they otherwise would have released.

Overall, the Seahawks and Hill have to feel pretty good about the suspension. The big question now is whether Hill can stay out of trouble.