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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Injuries Galore



From José Miguel Romero at the Seattle Times:


Perhaps Michael Boulware didn't overstate it when he said it was a miracle that he was able to stand and walk out of a St. Louis hospital Sunday. What's more, the Seahawks strong safety is expected to play this weekend against Houston.

It has been just two days since a helmet-to-helmet hit — and the weight of 295-pound guard Tom Nutten falling on Boulware's lower back in the second quarter of Seattle's win at St. Louis — led to Boulware being taken off the field on a stretcher. Boulware tried to get up and could not, the feeling in his legs temporarily lost.

He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays and an MRI, then was able to leave the hospital and fly back with the Seahawks to Seattle.

Yesterday, Boulware said he felt much better and described those moments as the scariest of his career.
"There's still some minor pain in my lower back," he said. "I was really concerned about being able to walk again, and even the possibility of having to retire. Now the possibility of being able to play in this game is exciting and I'm very motivated for it."

Coach Mike Holmgren said Boulware had another MRI taken yesterday just for good measure, and expects Boulware to practice all week.

"There's no reason to think he's not going to play this week," Holmgren said. "His [lower spinal] cord got bruised, just shocked a little bit. But the news is good."

Notes

• Holmgren said WR Darrell Jackson, scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow, has cartilage damage, and the team will have Jackson back before the season is over. The early prognosis was four to six weeks.

• WR Bobby Engram's cracked ribs are feeling better, but Holmgren put no timetable on his return.

• CB Andre Dyson strained a hamstring Sunday and is expected to be out for at least two weeks. That's also the expected recovery time for OL Floyd Womack, who has a pulled thigh muscle.

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