Seattle running back Ricky Watters will start today’s game at Denver, even though he has not practiced all week.
It would be his 111th consecutive start in the regular season, the second-longest streak among NFL running backs and the longest active streak. The late Walter Payton played in 170 consecutive games from 1975-87.
“I think he’ll be able to play,” coach Mike Holmgren said. “I think he’s going to be OK.”
Watters missed Friday’s practice to have X-rays on a sprained toe that he originally injured in a game Oct. 29 against Kansas City. The X-rays were negative.
Watters aggravated his injury while playing on the Georgia Dome’s artificial turf in Atlanta last weekend and was held out of practice all week, although he was never put on the team’s injury report.
Watters, 31, needs 50 yards in Seattle’s final three games to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth consecutive season. He is 240 yards behind Ottis Anderson for 12th place on the all-time rushing list.
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