Coach Mike Holmgren was very vague on how long Shaun Alexander is going to be sidelined. Before hearing from him at the press conference yesterday, I heard two different time frames through other sources. One was a four-week time frame. The other was a six-week time frame. I knew Holmgren would probably not be that specific. That's why I was vague in the initial report we posted two hours before the press conference. I've been doing this long enough to know these time frames are pretty useless. How long was Darrell Jackson going to be out? How long was Jerramy Stevens going to be out? How long will Floyd Womack be out?
Bottom line: You would be a naive to try to give a precise timetable. We know Alexander will be out a few weeks and we shouldn't be surprised if he's out longer. The more specific you are in reporting these things, the more likely you're going to be wrong.