Regardless of what happens during the season, the show must go on. Only last week, Springs suffered what could be the worst setback of his NFL career.">
Regardless of what happens during the season, the show must go on. Only last week, Springs suffered what could be the worst setback of his NFL career.">

Springs hits fork in the road

They call him the "Little Show." Shawn Springs, one of head coach/ GM Mike Holmgren's favorite players, is affectionately called this by teammates, who call Holmgren "Big Show."<br><br> Regardless of what happens during the season, the show must go on. Only last week, Springs suffered what could be the worst setback of his NFL career.

Early in the second quarter of Seattle's first preseason game against the Colts on July 11, Springs ran down the sidelines in coverage, only to collapse in pain, grabbing the back of his left leg behind his knee in what turned out to be a hamstring tear that will sideline him four to six weeks, marking his third injury over the past three seasons.

Last season, Springs played with a strained hamstring that kept him from using his burst of speed in one-on-one coverage.

During the '99 season, he suffered a badly sprained right shoulder. The injury came at a time when the Seahawks faced a losing streak and rash of injuries. Willie Williams missed time with a concussion while Springs opted to play. Despite the use of his right arm, which dangled along the side of his body at times, he would make some tackles with just one arm. The secondary was so thin at one point in '99 that safety Merton Hanks who was signed by Seattle in the offseason, started a game at cornerback opposite Springs - something he hadn't done since his his early years in the league.

During the Cincinnatti game that same year, Springs left the field with trainers and headed for the locker room. After the game, SeahawksInsider caught up with him to ask what took place in the locker room during the game.

"They shot me up," he said, with a look of seriousness.

Springs, one of the toughest members of the Seattle Seahawks, opted for a second opinion on his hamstring injury and visited with Ohio State University doctors earlier this week to get a prognosis from them as well.

"This might be the first second opinion for a hamstring pull in the history of sports medicine," Holmgren said. "But we'll accommodate our players in most areas."

"We took the pictures, we looked at it," Holmgren said. "We took the pictures to (OSU doctors), I'm sure they'll say the same thing that our guys said."

An optimist might say that in the absence of Springs, cornerbacks Ike Charlton and Ken Lucas will have a great opportunity to play more and help build a young team that appears loaded with potential. Springs on the other hand, will have to come to terms with another injury after working his heart out during the offseason to get back to his Pro Bowl form of 1998.

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