Injured Seahawks WR Jackson likely to play

Updated: January 8, 2007, 8:07 PM ET
Associated Press

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks leading receiver Darrell Jackson just might play Sunday against the Chicago Bears after all.

Although Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren worried about Jackson's turf toe ligament strain Monday morning during his weekly KIRO radio show in Seattle, by afternoon Jackson had convinced his coach he could play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Chicago.

"I've got to see how productive [he can be]," Holmgren cautioned.

Monday afternoon, Holmgren said Jackson "aggravated" a turf toe ligament strain on his left foot during Saturday's win against Dallas, an injury that had caused him to miss the previous three games.

When Jackson reported to team headquarters Monday, he told his coach he was much better than when he asked out of Saturday night's game early in the third quarter. Jackson ran 14 plays in the first quarter, but he had only five in second period and one in the third.

"Darrell Jackson probably will play," Holmgren said. "He aggravated his foot in our game and had to come out. But actually, he is feeling better now that he did on Monday last week.

"He'll probably get to practice a little bit at the end of the week. That's my hope.

"The uncertainty of whether guys can play though, in your planning -- particularly in your wide receivers when you have three- and four-[wide receiver] packages and everything -- you want to try to get the guys who are going to be running the plays in the game to practice them."

On his radio show, Holmgren responded to a question on whether Jackson re-injured his toe Saturday and if he can be expected to play against the Bears with: "We'll I'm afraid he did."

Jackson, who saw two passes come his way Saturday without a reception, led the NFL in touchdown catches before he was injured Dec. 10. He started against the Cowboys, despite missing all of last week's practices.

Holmgren also said receiver D.J. Hackett sprained an ankle injury Saturday night and is less likely than Jackson to play in Chicago. Hackett caught two passes for eight yards.

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