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Alexander likely to miss fifth straight Seahawks game

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- League MVP Shaun Alexander won't be
rushing to the rescue of the struggling Seattle Seahawks just yet.

Tests unexpectedly showed that Alexander's foot remained cracked
on Monday. That means Seattle likely will not have its 2005 NFL
rushing leader for next Monday night's game against Oakland.

"He had pictures taken today. And the doctors, medical people,
are reluctant to give me the green light on Shaun based on what
they saw in the pictures," coach Mike Holmgren said after the team
returned from its third loss in four games, at Kansas City.

Seattle is 1-3 without Alexander -- the lone win coming on the last play at St. Louis on Oct. 15. The Seahawks, with replacement Maurice Morris, rushed for a season-low 47 yards Sunday against a Chiefs defense that had been allowing an average of 124 yards rushing.

Alexander has been pain-free for more than a week. But he agrees
with team doctors who are trying to ensure the crack is completely
gone before he plays again, and to prevent a full fracture that
would require surgery.

"He is getting better. He is feeling better. And his crack has
healed a bunch. But they were not ready to hand him over to me, so
to speak.

"So it looks as though it's going to be at least another week."

Alexander cracked his fourth metatarsal Sept. 24 against the New York Giants in a left foot he had badly bruised in the Sept. 10
opener. Soon after the break was discovered, the Seahawks estimated
he would miss at least a couple of weeks.

Then last week, Alexander began running on a treadmill without
pain for the first time since the injury. The Seahawks listed him
as doubtful for Sunday's loss at Kansas City and figured he'd
return for the Raiders.

Seattle is 1-3 without him -- the lone win coming on the last
play at St. Louis on Oct. 15. The Seahawks, with replacement
Maurice Morris, rushed for a season-low 47 yards Sunday against a
Chiefs defense that had been allowing an average of 124 yards
rushing.

The Seahawks are averaging 92 yards rushing this season. Last
year, with Alexander healthy and running for 1,880 yards, they were
third in the NFL at 154 yards per game.

"Right now, we can't run worth a darn," Holmgren said.

Holmgren said he's "disappointed" that Alexander can't play
against Oakland. "And I'm sure he is. He's been bugging me a lot,
you know.

"But we've been playing without him for a while, so it's not
that big of a shock," he said.

"And, quite honestly, when he gets back, if we keep making the
same mistakes we've been making it won't make any difference,
anyway."

Alexander now is expected back for the Nov. 12 home game against
St. Louis. That looms as Seattle's biggest game this season, given
the Rams and Seahawks are currently tied atop the floundering NFC
West at 4-3 -- and that Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is not
expected back by then from a sprained knee ligament.

After the Rams game, only two of Seattle's final seven games
come against teams currently with winning records: Dec. 3 at Denver
and Dec. 24 against San Diego.

Holmgren said Hasselbeck, who is off crutches, remains on track
to return Nov. 19 at San Francisco. Seneca Wallace, who made his
first NFL start on Sunday and threw three touchdown passes, will
continue to start in his absence.