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Monday, October 24, 2005

Ken Hamlin Out of Hospital, Inspires Team



From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle P-I:

Ken Hamlin was released from the hospital over the weekend.

And while he wasn't at Seattle's game against Dallas on Sunday, he had a videotaped message delivered to remind his team it would be close in his thoughts.

"He said he's there for us, watching for us and praying for us the whole time," cornerback Marcus Trufant said. "He's in everybody's hearts, and he'll be there in spirit with us at the game."

Shaun Alexander said the team saw the message on Saturday night. The message from Hamlin was included at the end of a videotape of highlights taken from last week's victory over Houston.

Hamlin was injured less than six hours after last week's game, when he was involved in an altercation outside a nightclub only a few blocks from the stadium. Hamlin suffered a fractured skull and cerebral contusions. He was released from the intensive-care unit on Wednesday. His prognosis is uncertain.

"Everyone knows Ken and everyone knows how intense of a guy he is," linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski said. "He wishes he could be on the field. It kind of makes every guy sit back and think about how easy something can be taken away from you."

Hamlin's message this weekend was a boost, his teammates said.

"It was very uplifting," Trufant said. "When you have a guy like that who's down, but he really wishes he could be there."

It was the first game Hamlin had missed since he entered the league as a second-round draft pick by Seattle in 2003.

Marquand Manuel started in Hamlin's spot at safety, but the Cowboys did not look to throw over the top of the defense. There was only one pass play of more than 20 yards for the Cowboys. They only attempted eight passes in the second half, content to control the ball and play behind the defense.

"Ken's going to be all right," Manuel said. "In the meantime, we've got to hold the fort down, and that's what we're trying to do."

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