Coach Mike Holmgren doesn't expect to have RB Shaun Alexander back this week or possibly even the next week. This is a longer timetable than he initially gave, but consistent with the possible 4-6 weeks alluded to weeks ago.
"It appears as though it will be a couple more weeks," Holmgren said. "I met with him today and he's feeling great and really is champing at the bit to come back. Thinks he could practice. In meeting with the doctors and trainers, they took some more pictures, it is healing up, it's right on schedule, but they are going to play it safe. He probably won't be ready to go this week. ... With that type of injury, even though some players are known as fast healers on different types of injuries, the bone really has to knit and the crack has to knit. I'm not so sure there is a lot of difference between players that way. When doctors say this type of injury takes 'X' amount of weeks, even though a player may feel as though he is ready to play, and some people have put players out on the field a little earlier, in Shaun's case, because he is a running back and because we can't afford to have him reinjure that if we can avoid it, we're going to err on the side of caution."