Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is becoming use to playing less than 100 percent, and it looks like that trend will continue in 2007 with a cracked bone in his wrist. The injury took place back in week one when the Hawks beat the Bucs 20-6 at Qwest Field, and since then the crack has developed more, which the back said was expected. “All these questions would have been tough to answer three weeks ago,” Alexander said. “Now, it just is what it is.” What it is and what it comes down to is that Alexander is a valuable member of the Hawks offense, and without him the teams chances of repeating as NFC West champs take a serious hit.
The back had an X-ray on Monday, and he and the doctors were not surprised to find a crack in the left wrist. Mike Holmgren, Hawks coach, said that Alexander will play though the injury, and he will wear a cast to protect the wrist. Of course with wearing a cast, you can basically forget Alexander being a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. That will not stop Holmgren from throwing Shaun out there looking to help the Hawks. “He’s given great effort,” Holmgren said. Last week vs the Bengals Alexander rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries. He has a huge 14-yard run on 4th-and-1 on the game winning drive in the Hawks win over Cincy.
Another thing that is critical for Alexander and the team with this injury is the backs ability to pass block. The training staff along with Alexander and Holmgren met this week to make sure that the wrist would not stop Alexander from being able to stop pass rushers on Sunday afternoons. The staff concluded that Alexander could use both hands to block and would not damage the wrist any further.