Hours after being named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, normally pleasant Shaun Alexander was fighting mad. Alexander spiked the ball near the feet of linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski...
KIRKLAND — Hours after being named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, normally pleasant Shaun Alexander was fighting mad.
Alexander spiked the ball near the feet of linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski during yesterday’s practice, then got into a shoving match with Kacyvenski after throwing the ball at him. Coach Mike Holmgren put a stop to practice immediately.
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Alexander laughed off the incident as “just something to fire people up.” Whatever went on between the two players, it couldn’t spoil Alexander’s day.
The running back joined teammates Steve Hutchinson and Walter Jones as the three Seahawks voted to the NFC squad for the NFL’s annual all-star game in Hawaii. The Pro Bowl will take place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Feb. 13.
Alexander, who led all running backs in fan voting and leads the NFC in rushing with 1,462 yards and rushing touchdowns with 12, said he would have been shocked if he hadn’t made the team.
“I’m really honored,” Alexander said. “Overall, across the board it means more to anybody to be voted in from the beginning instead of coming as an alternate.”
Alexander and Hutchinson, the Seahawks’ left guard, were first-time original selections. They played in the Pro Bowl as alternates last season. Jones, the left tackle, was named to the team for the fourth straight year and fifth in his eight pro seasons.
The three made the team through fan, player and coach voting. Four Seahawks were named as alternates — kicker Josh Brown, cornerback Ken Lucas, fullback Mack Strong and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck — who played in the game as an alternate last year.
“I’m happy but I’m kind of disappointed,” said Lucas, who has five interceptions. “Maybe someone will get hurt or decide not to go. I look at it as I have to work a little harder next year.”
Offensive coach Bill Laveroni said that Jones hasn’t given up more than one sack all season, if any.
“I just go out there and do what I do,” Jones said.
Hutchinson was an alternate and All-Pro last season who was one of five Seahawks to play in the Pro Bowl.
“I think we have one of the best (offensive) lines in the league, and when you have guys like that on your supporting cast, it makes it easy to do your job,” he said.
The starters for both the AFC and NFC will be announced during halftime of one of the wild-card playoff games on ABC on Jan. 8.
Hasselbeck still not throwing
Hasselbeck’s sore right elbow kept him from throwing in practice, though he did run the offense for a few plays. He’s confident he will play Sunday, but before that he must demonstrate he can throw.
“I would definitely prefer to practice,” Hasselbeck said after watching backup Trent Dilfer run the No. 1 offense for most of the afternoon. “You’ve just got to get your reps in other ways. You’ve got to watch and take mental reps. … So that is sort of the approach I’m taking.”
Holmgren is worried about his quarterback’s status but feels fortunate the elbow wasn’t more seriously injured.
“I think we dodged a little bit of a bullet with him,” Holmgren said. “His arm is still sore, but he’ll be OK.”
Alexander’s mother, Carol, is in town from Kentucky for the holidays, which is a good sign for the Seahawks, by Alexander’s account.
“We have a very good record when my mother’s in town,” Alexander said. “It’s something like 6-1 or 7-1.”
The Seahawks need one win to get into the playoffs and possibly win the NFC West. Alexander was jokingly asked if his mother knows that holidays aren’t the reason she is in the area.
“I don’t think she knows yet,” Alexander cracked, “so I’ll make sure I keep the TV and newspapers away from her for the rest of the week.”
Rookie Niko Koutouvides could make his first NFL start Sunday. Koutouvides worked mainly with the first-team defense at middle linebacker in practice, in place of Orlando Huff.
The Seahawks placed LB Curtis Randall on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season. Randall appeared in four games on special teams before the injury kept him out of the past two. He became the third linebacker to be lost for the season this year, joining D.D. Lewis and Anthony Simmons.
WR Darrell Jackson did not practice but is not on the injury report. DT Rocky Bernard did not practice and is questionable because of a sore knee. Both LB Tracy White and CB Bobby Taylor are doubtful for Sunday and did not practice, with White having aggravated a pulled hamstring.
LB Chad Brown also missed practice because of pain in his right foot and is questionable for Sunday.
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