Alexander may still have broken foot

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander motioned to a teammate during practice at the team's minicamp Monday in Kirkland, Wash. (ELAINE THOMPSON ~ Asssociated Press)

The Seahawks running back battled the injury last season.

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet.

The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said Monday his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason.

The 2005 NFL MVP doesn't want to know for sure until after his team's veteran minicamp ends Thursday.

"I don't even want to get another X-ray until after this camp," a smiling Alexander said after his fourth consecutive day of occasionally carrying the ball during no-contact, no-pads drills. "If the X-ray shows it's still cracked, it's like, 'OK. What does that mean?"'

Last winter, it meant team doctors finally clearing him to play because they deemed remote the risk of completely breaking through a crack in the fourth metatarsal. He sat out seven weeks because of an injury that began as a severe bruise sustained when a Detroit Lions tackler fell on it during the season opener.

In his second game back, Alexander plowed through the snow for 201 yards on a Seattle-record 40 carries against Green Bay. He averaged 112 yards per game over the final six weeks of the regular season, and finished the year with 896 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 10 games.

In the NFC playoffs, a bobbled snap on fourth down in Chicago territory helped the Bears stop Alexander short of a first down late in the fourth quarter of a tie game. The Seahawks would have been in position for a winning field goal and a trip to their second consecutive NFC championship game.

"OK, [I] didn't get 1,500 yards or the 20 touchdowns I always shoot for," Alexander said. "But I played the whole year on a broken foot and almost had 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. I'm not complaining about that. A lot of teams would take 850 yards and seven touchdowns."

While the Seahawks wouldn't say back then -- or perhaps really didn't want to know -- whether the crack in the foot had completely mended, Alexander started both of Seattle's postseason games. He ran 26 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Chicago.

"I think everyone was shocked when we X-rayed it after the Bears game and it was still cracked," Alexander said. "I was like, 'Uh-oh."'

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