Packers-Seahawks: Holmgren will rest starters

Hasselbeck to play some, but not whole game on Sunday

Coach Mike Holmgren lacked specifics Monday when asked how he might utilize his starters in the regular-season finale Sunday. The Seahawks have clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, meaning they have nothing to gain against Green Bay.

"We haven't decided yet on exactly how we're going to do that," Holmgren said. "We'll spend a couple days thinking about it. There are some guys that were nicked up Saturday."

Seattle could be without its top three cornerbacks Sunday. Marcus Trufant will not play after suffering a bruised back during a 28-13 victory over Indianapolis on Saturday. Andre Dyson (ankle) also will miss the game. Kelly Herndon (knee) is not expected to play.

The status of running back Shaun Alexander is also in some question. Alexander planned to spend part of this week with relatives near Cincinnati after an aunt died early Monday. Alexander needs one touchdown to break the NFL single-season record. His 27 scores match Priest Holmes' total from 2003.

"I would like to see him get the record if he can possibly get the record," Holmgren said. "He kind of knows how we feel about that, and at the same time he also knows that being healthy for the playoffs is the most important thing.

"It's a balancing act, and we'll talk some more about it. I haven't really got into it with him and how he feels about it."

Alexander leads the league in rushing. He needs 193 yards to reach 2,000 yards for the season. He probably won't get enough carries Sunday to have even a remote chance at reaching that milestone.

Alexander did not sound ready to remain with family long enough to miss the game.

"No, because I think life goes on," Alexander said. "You have to do what you have to do, but at the same time I want to console my family.

"I have an uncle that is really hurt, and they were the only ones on my mom's side of the family that didn't have kids, so my brother and I being the closest, my mom was two years older than her, so we kind of got to be like her sons."

Alexander is expected to start, but wide receiver Darrell Jackson might miss the game to rest his surgically repaired knee.

This is new territory for the Seahawks and their coach.

Holmgren coached highly successful teams while with Green Bay from 1992-98, but never as a head coach has he been in a position to rest starters during the regular season. His best teams in Green Bay had something to play for right to the end.

"You can take a little bit of a breath, there is no question about that," Holmgren said. "Like I said three or four weeks ago, I hoped I was in that position to make some of the calls that we might make going into this game.

"At the same time, it's important for us to maintain some continuity. It's important for me and the team, when we step on the field anywhere that we play, we play well."

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