Injuries happen - gameplan stays the same

Oakland left guard Barry Sims' streak of consecutive starts is in serious jeopardy after the veteran offensive lineman missed his second straight day of practice with what team officials are calling an abdominal strain.

Sims, who has started 68 consecutive games for the Raiders, has not practiced since pulling up hurt in Oakland's 20-13 win over Pittsburgh last week. The senior member of the Raiders' offensive line, Sims has not missed a start since Oct. 20, 2002 when a turf toe injury knocked him out of the lineup.

Oakland head coach Art Shell listed Sims as ''very questionable'' to play in Monday night's game in Seattle.

''That thing is a tough thing,'' Shell said. ''All I know is I remember Ted Hendricks having an abdominal muscle (injury) and that thing took a long time. Hopefully, it's not as bad.''

With Sims sidelined, Corey Hulsey and rookie Paul McQuistan have split time at left guard with Oakland's starting offense. Shell would not indicate which player had the upper hand for the job should Sims not play.

Fullback Zack Crockett was also added to the Raiders' injury list after aggravating a knee injury he originally sustained against Pittsburgh. Tyrone Poole (ankle) was also held out of Thursday's workout.

Meanwhile, Shell focused his attention on getting the Raiders prepped to play a Seattle team that will be minus starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Shaun Alexander.

The Seahawks could also go into the game missing starting right tackle Sean Locklear, who returned this week after a one-game NFL suspension. Locklear is nursing a tender left ankle and has been downgraded from probable to questionable.

Not that the Raiders expect Seattle's offense to change much. Defensive end Derrick Burgess, who has four sacks in his last two games, said the Seahawks will stick to their gameplan.

''They're going to run the same things,'' Burgess said. ''Their offense is going to stay the same. It's just going to be a different guy (Maurice Morris) running the ball. Hopefully he ain't in too good a game shape because he's been sitting.''

In addition to Morris replacing Alexander, Seneca Wallace is set to make his second NFL start in place of Hasselbeck.


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