On paper, it looks as if the Seattle Seahakws are going to escape disaster when it comes to Shaun Alexander’s “broken” foot. Word is that the NFL MVP will only miss about two weeks of action with the injury, something that will not destroy the Seahawks, only put a chink in their armor. Alexander injured his left foot in the Seahawks season-opener in Detroit and it was described as a bone bruise. It got worse after Week Two and Alexander missed two days of practice last week before fracturing the foot.
The Hawks are going to have had a tough time anyway on Sunday night as they get set to travel to Chicago to take on the Bears, and this might be a time for Matt Hassleback and his recievers to step up and have a pitch and catch show to try and beat the Bears through the air. The Hawks running game, even with Alexander, was off to a very slow start. With the loss of lineman Steve Hutchinson to the Vikings, and the injuries to Alexander, through the first three games he has gained just 187 yards on 65 carries for a 2.9 average.
The Seahawks, after their game with the Bears on Sunday night, will have the luck of having the bye week, then will have a tough game at St.Louis and then a home game against the reborn Minnesota Vikings. No one thought that the possible road back to the Super Bowl for the Hakws would be an easy one, and on Monday, things just got a whole lot harder. Can the team survive short term without Alexander? Yes. Will the injury linger and put their season in doubt. That remians to be seen.