Holmgren says Alexander OK; Hasselbeck satisfied


Shaun Alexander's claim that he may still have a cracked foot doesn't hold much credence with coach Mike Holmgren.

"That's a non-story, honest to goodness. There is nothing wrong with Shaun Alexander," Holmgren said on Thursday, after his Seattle Seahawks wrapped up the voluntary portion of their minicamp.

Alexander caused a fervor earlier this week when he said that his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason.

A smiling Alexander said on Monday that he thought he would get another X-ray after the minicamp ended, but that he wasn't concerned much with knowing the results. He had practiced through last weekend's three-day, mandatory camp plus Monday's initial day of the voluntary one before the team excused him for the final three days.

"If the X-ray shows it's still cracked, it's like, 'OK. What does that mean?'" Alexander said, knowing he played with the foot cracked over the final months of last season.

Alexander said he was surprised that X-rays taken after Seattle's playoff loss at Chicago in January showed the crack remained. He rushed for 729 yards and five touchdowns in the final seven games of the regular season then added 177 yards in the playoffs &

all with the foot still cracked, according to the 2005 NFL MVP.

Holmgren said Thursday that there were no plans for any further exams on Alexander's foot. Late last season, the coach explained doctors had told him Alexander may always have a crack in his foot, but they had determined that the risk of him breaking through the relatively small fissure was remote and thus he could play on it.

"He is fine. We X-rayed it after the season was over, how long has it been?" Holmgren said. "You saw him running out here, he is running all over the place."

Meanwhile, the camp was useful for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is still recovering from offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. The Seahawks limited Hasselbeck to individual position drills and 7-on-7 work &

he did not throw against the defense in the team sessions.

"This was a great camp for me in terms of where I was coming in and where I am coming out. I feel so much better throwing the ball," Hasselbeck said. "This is the first change of direction stuff that I have done this offseason. It is the first time really that I have done anything with my body other than my left arm."

He will slowly work back into full participation. On Monday, Hasselbeck is expected to be cleared to start working out and doing strength training with his teammates. It's the next step in the recovery that includes increased throwing to get his arm prepared, plus more agility and quickness drills to go along with the strength training.

Hasselbeck hopes his recovery plan will include more throwing during June's minicamp. He expects to be back to normal sometime around training camp, which begins in late July.

"He did more than was expected maybe a couple months ago. But as he has been going on his rehab he has really done well," Holmgren said.

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