Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander seemed to show no ill effects last season as Seattle was within a wisker of upsetting the number one seed Chicago Bears in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Alexander seemed to run hard that January afternoon, and it looked as if despite the loss, the former NFL leading rusher was getting back in form of two seasons ago. Now though, things may not be as they seem, as Alexander is telling the media that his foot may still be broken and may not be healed as training camp begins in July.
“I don’t even want to get another X-ray until after this camp,” Alexander said at the teams mini-camp. “If the X-ray shows it’s still cracked, it’s like, ‘OK. What does that mean?'” Well Shaun, let me say up front that it means the Seahawks, a team that is already in line to be pushed by the Rams, 49’ers and Cardinals for the NFC West this season, may be in big time trouble if their stud back is set to miss anytime with another injury. Alexander has been occasionally carrying the ball during no-contact, no-pads drills, and has said he will not have the foot checked till the teams mini-camp is over later in the week.
Alexander is a very tough guy. He did miss seven games with the injury last season, but averaged 112 yards per game over the final six weeks of the regular season, and finished the year with 896 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The Hawks will do everything they can to make sure their former MVP is ready to go once training camp starts, but you can bet they also will and should do whatever it takes to make sure that more importantly, he is ready to go, and as close to 100 percent as he can be – in week one.