Biggest issue with Shaun Alexander's wrist is color of his cast for Sunday's game Print
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Friday, 21 September 2007 13:58
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 KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -The biggest issue right now with Shaun Alexander's sprained wrist is a simple matter of black or white.
The Seahawks' star running back will continue to wear a cast over his left wrist indefinitely, including while starting on Sunday against Cincinnati. But coach Mike Holmgren is trying to get him to change the device's look.
``I'm arguing about the color. I'd like him to have it black. He wants it white. So we're still debating that,'' Holmgren said, chuckling after Alexander wore a black, padded cast Friday as he has all week.
``I think it looks cooler. You have to look cool out there.''
In last Sunday's game at Arizona, Alexander had 70 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while playing with the cast for the first time. But it was white, and a far more bulbous target and potential hindrance than the smaller cast he's been wearing in practices since he injured the wrist during a win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 9.
``I'm feeling a lot better,'' Alexander said this week while preparing to face the team he followed growing up in Florence, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. ``It has been a good, healthy week for me.''
Alexander's mother, father and grandmother have flown from Kentucky to Seattle to attend the game.
``It's special for me,'' the 30-year-old Alexander said, who grew up idolizing former Bengals running back Ickey Woods and doing Woods' once-famous touchdown dance.
When asked if he'd do the ``Ickey Shuffle'' if he scores Sunday, Alexander said, ``I doubt it. I don't want to insult anybody - not unless it was like my 100th touchdown or something.''
Alexander has 98 rushing TDs in his career.
Holmgren said no one from the team's medical staff has told him how long Alexander will have to wear the cast. In the meantime, trainers are refining the fit and size of the device daily.
``I think they're doing what they feel they have to do to protect it, plain and simple, and make it as less cumbersome as possible,'' Holmgren said.
Last season, Alexander played the first three games on a severely bruised foot that eventually cracked and caused him to miss six games - the first injury of his career that caused him to miss a game.
He finished with 896 yards rushing during the regular season, the first time since becoming Seattle's feature back in 2001 that he did not have a 1,000-yard season.
Notes: Starting WR D.J. Hackett will miss his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain, and Holmgren said it could be another month before he returns. Nate Burleson will again start for him. ... Starting OLB Leroy Hill has practiced all week and will play Sunday after missing last week's game due to a foot injury. Holmgren said Kevin Bentley, Hill's replacement last week, has nerve pain in his back and it will be a game-time decision Sunday whether he plays. ... Alexander's backup, Maurice Morris (hip), missed another practice and is doubtful to play Sunday. Reserve WR Ben Obomanu (hamstring) also missed practice again and is listed as doubtful, though Holmgren declared him out. The coach thinks Morris and Obomanu should be available for next week's game at San Francisco. ... Reserve TE Ben Joppru (ankle) is also out for the Bengals game.
 

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