KIRKLAND, Wash. (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has a bone bruise on his right knee but could play in Week 2 at
"It might be a week or two," coach Mike Holmgren said. "There's a chance he can play this week. We'll just have to see how it goes."
Said Alexander: "I'm a fast healer. I'll be all right."
An MRI exam disclosed the injury, which earlier had been reported as a knee sprain. Alexander was hurt late in a 21-7 win at New Orleans in which he
rushed for 135 yards on 28 carries. He ran for two touchdowns and caught a TD pass.
Doctors told him he was fortunate no ligaments were torn.
"The knee bone and the leg bone, they smacked into each other and that's not normal," Alexander said. "Everyone said that I'm really blessed.
Normally, you tear an ACL or an MCL when that happens. Mine didn't."
If Alexander can't play next week, Maurice Morris or Kerry Carter will step in.
"We hope he can play, but if he can't then we'll have to go to the next guy. I'd expect that man to play well, and that goes for any position on the
team," Holmgren said.
Alexander is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, when he had a career-high 1,435 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. It was the best effort by a
Seattle back since Chris Warren's franchise-record 1,545 yards rushing in 1994.
Morris has played mostly as a kickoff returner in two NFL seasons. Backing up Alexander, he has 392 yards rushing in 27 games. He carried four times
for 10 yards in Sunday's win.
"Shaun had a big game. When he gets into the red zone, he's deadly," Seahawks fullback Mack Strong said. "But I don't think a lot of teams around the
league know about Maurice Morris, and he's an exceptional back himself."
The Seahawks had no other injuries, and Holmgren was relieved to get a road victory to open a season that is loaded with high expectations. There's
plenty of confidence in Seattle's locker room, but it was key to start the right way.
"You must beat good football teams on the road to win the championship," Holmgren said. "That win meant a lot to us. It's the first game. I don't mean
to overstate it, but it was important to us."