Notebook: Seahawks battling injuries, too

With their receiving corps wiped out, former Packer Koren Robinson will start this week for Seattle.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was talking about Al Harris' injury when he stopped himself.

"You're talking to the wrong guy when you're talking about injuries," Holmgren said.

As is the case in Green Bay, injuries have taken a bite out of the Seahawks early this season. While injuries have taken a toll across the Packers' roster, injuries to the receivers have turned Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck into, statistically speaking, a lousy quarterback.

Both Holmgren and his counterpart in Green Bay, Mike McCarthy, are the first to say injuries aren't an excuse for their three-game losing streaks. But, Holmgren also is a realist.

Speaking of Harris, Holmgren said: "You lose a player like that and you replace him with another and hopefully you move on, but it's not always that easy."

That's true in Seattle. Sure, you can replace an injured receiver or two. But how about six?

Here's the list, courtesy of the Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil:

Bobby Engram (94 catches, 1,147 yards, six touchdowns last season) broke a bone in his shoulder in the first preseason game, though he returned last week against the Giants.

Deion Branch (49-661, 4 TDs) needed surgery eight months ago to repair a torn knee ligament. He returned last week, only to suffer a heel injury.

Ben Obomanu (12-180, 1 TD) sustained a broken collarbone in the final preseason game and is on injured reserve.

Nate Burleson (50-694, 9 TDs) suffered a torn knee ligament in Week 1 and is on injured reserve.

Logan Payne, a practice-squad player last year, was forced to start in Week 2, only to sustain a season-ending knee injury.

— To fill the void, Seattle signed Koren Robinson, who spent two suspension-interrupted seasons with the Packers, in mid-September. But the reason why the Packers released Robinson during the offseason — chronic knee pain — has kept Robinson sidelined, though he's expected to start this week.

"I just look at this as an opportunity to play against some of my boys, and some of my friends that were up there," Robinson told reporters in Seattle. "So, I want to be good and be able to go, first of all. And then have a productive day."

Hasselbeck figures to be the quarterback on Sunday, though he missed a second consecutive practice on Thursday due to a hyperextended knee sustained in last week's loss at the New York Giants. Missing practice time certainly won't help him build chemistry with Robinson.

"It's just been one of those years," Hasselbeck, who has completed just 49 percent of his passes this season, told reporters at Lambeau Field in a conference call on Wednesday. "I think every team knows that they're going to face adversity at some point, and ours came just right at the beginning. We lost a bunch of guys that we were counting on."

Extra attention for Jennings?

Packers receiver Greg Jennings is having a monster season. He leads the NFL with 569 receiving yards, his 19.6-yard average is tops among receivers who rank in the top 50 in catches and his 29 receptions rank seventh.

Is Jennings starting to see the double coverage that has been shifted toward Donald Driver the last few years?

"We've definitely got some different coverages thrown at us," Jennings said, "but a lot of times, teams throw a safety over the top of the receiver, but that's what safeties are for. So, they're just playing their defense. But, we have been getting shown a little bit more attention, especially when we're (Driver and Jennings) on the same side of the field."

Packers injury report

Out — Al Harris (spleen).

Did not participate — Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring); defensive end Jason Hunter (hamstring); receiver James Jones (knee); defensive end Michael Montgomery (ankle).

Limited participation — Tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring); linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin); defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (knee); quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder); cornerback Charles Woodson (toe).

Full participation — Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (illness); fullback Korey Hall (knee); running back Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring); safety Aaron Rouse (knee).

Seahawks injury report

Did not participate — Receiver Deion Branch (foot); quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (knee); quarterback Seneca Wallace (calf).

Limited participation — Linebacker Leroy Hill (knee); tackle Walter Jones (team decision).

Full participation — Cornerback Kelly Jennings (ribs); running back Maurice Morris (knee); receiver Koren Robinson (knee).

Flex scheduling

The Packers' Nov. 16 game against Chicago at Lambeau Field has been protected by Fox, so it will not be slid into NBC's Sunday night slot.

For the final seven weeks of the regular season, NBC can select one of the day games to move into prime time. Fox and CBS, however, can protect a total of five games apiece in Weeks 11 through 16. NBC gets its pick of any day game in Week 17.

Lighter side

— Jones was out, but he did spend a few moments long snapping to punter Derrick Frost. If Jones put on 40 pounds, he might have a future.

— Jennings took some reps on the scout kickoff team. He even talked trash to kickoff returner Jordy Nelson, threatening to plant his helmet between the 8 and the 7 on Nelson's jersey.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and E-mail him at

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