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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hamlin Done For Season; Hawks Sign Adibi to Practice Squad



From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle PI:

It could be months before doctors know a long-term prognosis for Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin.

His short-term status was decided Tuesday, though, when he was placed on the Seahawks' reserve/non-football injury list. The move means he cannot play again this season.

Hamlin suffered a fractured skull and cerebral bruising in an altercation outside a Seattle nightclub two weeks ago. He also suffered a broken bone in his right hand. He was released from the hospital within a week of the incident, and continues to recuperate at home.

"He seems to be feeling a lot better," said Lawrence Temple, Hamlin's agent.

The headaches Hamlin has suffered from have lessened in intensity. As for long-term conclusions on Hamlin's future, Temple said it will probably be months before there are any definitive answers.

"He wants to start to try getting ready to get back as quickly as possible," Temple said, "but the doctors, as you can imagine, are more cautious than he wants to be.

"But that's why you have doctors: To watch out for your interests."

Even before the roster move on Tuesday, there had been a general assumption that Hamlin was unlikely to return this season.

"No one has said for sure, absolutely, no way," Temple said of Hamlin returning this season. "It's more, 'Look, let's take the long-term view of it. We don't want to rush it.' "

Hamlin, a third-year safety, was a second-round draft choice from Arkansas. Last week's victory over Dallas was the first game he missed since coming to the team. Marquand Manuel started in his place.

The Seahawks have the option not to pay Hamlin his salary because it is a non-football injury, but the team has not indicated it has even considered withholding any of Hamlin's salary.
The move leaves the Seahawks with an opening on their 53-man roster.

They signed defensive end Nathaniel Adibi to their practice squad on Tuesday. He takes the place of offensive lineman Doug Nienhuis, who was signed off Seattle's practice squad to the Jets' active roster on Monday.

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