Hackett Out at Least Four Weeks

In his Monday news conference, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren confirmed what many people feared - that the high ankle injury which caused receiver D.J. Hackett to miss most of the team's 20-6 opening win over Tampa Bay is serious, and Hackett will miss at least four weeks.

Hackett went down in the first half. He was able to catch only one pass for seven yards, and his absence limited Seattle's offensive flexibility. Nate Burleson will be the starting split end while Hackett heals, and preseason star Ben Obomanu will get more reps.

"Losing Hackett early on was not a good thing," quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said after the game. "It took away our four-wide package(s) and took away a lot of what we came into this game hoping to do. I thought the other guys stepped up. They threw the ball underneath a bunch and our running backs and our tight ends did a nice job of catching the ball and getting a little bit, and being patient that way."

Wide receiver Bobby Engram, tight end Marcus Pollard and running Maurice Morris were the players who stepped up in the passing game, as the Buccaneers worked diligently to take flanker Deion Branch out of the game.

Hackett was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. A restricted free agent, he received a second-round tender on March 1st, which guaranteed him $1.3 million for the season. Hackett has caught 74 passes for 1,017 yards and six touchdowns. He had his best season in 2006, when he caught 45 for 610 yards and four touchdowns. Hackett finished second in DVOA among receivers to New Orleans' Devery Henderson, and he led the Seahawks in DPAR. The 6'2", 208-pound receiver was considered to be a potential fantasy football breakout player this year.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET for more details as they become available.


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