KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Itula Mili is doubtful for Sunday's game at Jacksonville after checking into an area hospital with a blockage in his intestine.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Mili went into the hospital Thursday night and would most likely not make the trip. Mili was undergoing further examination on Friday and it was Holmgren's understanding that the blockage could be easily cleared up.

"He was a little bit sick on Wednesday then felt better yesterday," Holmgren said. "In all likelihood he'll probably just stay home and we'll see him on Monday."

Last year, Mili played in 15 games and had 23 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. Jerramy Stevens will start against the Jaguars, and Ryan Hannam will serve as the backup.

Holmgren also said that doctors feel defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes is improving. Rhodes was hospitalized earlier this week after experiencing dizziness, and has been undergoing a series of tests. He will not travel with the team to Jacksonville.

"The whole thing with Ray is that we want to make sure that when he does come back, he comes back and we do the right thing," Holmgren said. "I will have to have the reins on him a little bit because he'll want to dive back in there and its probably not the prudent thing to do right away."

Linebackers coach John Marshall will fill in for Rhodes on Sunday.