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Seattle's Alexander has cracked bone in foot


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
KIRKLAND, Wash. (Sept. 25, 2006) -- The Seahawks' insulation from the recent hex of Super Bowl runners-up has a crack. League MVP Shaun Alexander has a broken left foot and will be lost to the Seahawks for at least a couple of weeks.

Coach Mike Holmgren said a bone scan revealed Alexander sustained a "small crack" and "displaced fracture" on a non-weight-bearing bone in his foot sometime during the Seahawks' 42-30 victory against the New York Giants on Sept. 24. Alexander ran for 47 yards on 20 carries while wearing new shoes and orthotic inserts before sitting out the fourth quarter, which began with Seattle leading 42-3.

Alexander missed practices Sept. 21-22 because of soreness from a bone bruise he sustained while rushing for 51 yards on 19 carries in the Sept. 10 season opener at Detroit.

Holmgren said the 2005 NFL rushing leader was on crutches inside team headquarters, a special player's off day following Seattle's third consecutive victory. Alexander had departed the facility by the time Holmgren made his announcement.

"You lose the MVP for a while, it's a hit," Holmgren said. "Let's face it, he's the MVP. We're not going to sugarcoat it."

The test of whether this crack becomes the gaping void that has derailed the previous five Super Bowl losers will begin the night of Oct. 1 against the host Chicago Bears, who are also 3-0. Maurice Morris will make his fifth career start for Alexander.

Seattle has its bye the following week before playing at division rival St. Louis on Oct. 15.

"I don't think it will be real lengthy," Holmgren said. "Now, he just has to stay off of it and let it heal."

Holmgren said he could not yet specify how long Alexander would be out.

"We're looking at a few weeks; let's put it that way," Holmgren said. "The good thing is, it's just a small, little crack -- if you want to talk about a good thing."