Mike Holmgren was pretty clear Wednesday in saying he didn't know when Shaun Alexander would return from a broken left foot. Fox Sports suggests today that the bone is 70 percent healed, but not healing quite the right way. I've never heard a doctor give a percentage to describe how much a bone has healed. They might do this; I just do not remember hearing it in relation to an NFL player.
Obviously, if Alexander's foot was healing on schedule, he would be playing Monday night. That was the goal. He's not playing, so it's a given the foot is not healing as quickly as they had hoped. And so we're in a situation where doctors will look at the foot early each week, then determine if Alexander is ready to play. The Seahawks have a history of being cautious on these things. Holmgren's comments from Wednesday are below.
"I had my expectations. And obviously those were not met. What they are going to do is they are going to take pictures every Monday. If the pictures show the doctor what he wants to see, he will play. If they don't, he won't. It's that simple. We all hoped, Shaun included, that the pictures would show something this week, and they didn't. So he's not playing. It's conceivable the same thing, the same deal, will happen next week. I hope not. I hope he'll be back. I'm kind of ... I get disappointed, too, believe it or not. I know the fans want to see him. I want him to play. And when I get the injury report on Monday, it's a little grim. But when we think he's ready, he'll be back. But that's how it's going to go, every week."