Alexander anxious to take the field

The hopes and dreams for a big-time, follow-up season to Shaun Alexander's MVP season in 2005 were dashed early this season in a week three win over the New York Giants when Alexander went down with a cracked bone in his foot. It's been a long road back, but it's looking more and more likely that he could be on the field this weekend when Seattle travels to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.

"I am not an anxious person," Alexander admitted to the media today after practice. "I tell people that all the time. I was always taught ‘zeal with knowledge is foolishness.' Me wanting to play, knowing I had a cracked foot, would be foolish to go out there.

"I just took it for what it was. I had a cracked foot, I have to do what it takes to get back, and when it does I'm going to make up for lost time."

During his six-week hiatus the Seahawks have gone 3-3, but seem to be hitting their stride even with the absence of QB Matt Hasselbeck for the past three weeks.

"When I first got hurt I told Lofa (Tatupu) and Ken (Hamlin), I'm like ‘alright now, look, if you all can go .500 by the time I get back we're in good shape', and they did that," Alexander said. "So we have nothing to complain about. We were hoping that Matt (Hasselbeck) wouldn't go down. And for both of us to go down and our team still be 3-3 since I left, that tells you how good our team is.

"Seneca (Wallace) comes in, plays lights out. Mo (Morris) rushes for back-to-back 100-yard games. Our offensive line has still been shuffled it seems every week, and for us to still be good enough to pull out victories is something that we have to always be happy about."

A big indicator on whether Alexander will be able to play this week is how he feels tomorrow after his first full-practice in almost two months.

"That's really big," Alexander said. "You always want to know that you can put a lot of stress on your foot and not have a lot of pain. Discomfort is probably something that's going to happen, but just a lot of pain is something that we have to really go back and check and see where we are.

"If we had been at ‘how do you feel' a long time ago I would have been playing. I am glad they have been looking out for my best interest. We have a great staff and we are in a good position right now."

Even though he hasn't practiced in quite some time, Alexander noted this is a different feeling that it is when he reports for training camp.

"Nobody likes training (camp)," Alexander admitted. "And you know in three days we have a game. So this is totally different for me mentally-wise. You know Sunday's close, and you get to come back out and do what you like doing best, and that's making plays and scoring touchdowns. I was really pleased with today."

Even if he is able to play this weekend, you can expect that the suddenly hot Morris will still get carries as head coach Mike Holmgren tries to ease Alexander back into the offense. Either way, the Seahawks are glad to see one of their best players back and working out with the team.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.


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