Robinson, Hand get injruy updates

  • Scott M. Johnson / Herald Writer
  • Monday, November 3, 2003 9:00pm
  • Sports

KIRKLAND – The injury news was good and bad for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Wide receiver Koren Robinson and defensive tackle Norman Hand went through further tests for injuries they suffered in Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh and had vastly different results.

Robinson’s sore ankle did not show any ligament damage, but his status for Sunday’s game at Washington is still unknown.

“It’s just a bruise,” said Robinson, who was walking with a slight limp Monday. “I’ll be ready to go.”

Hand’s test revealed a torn tendon in his right bicep, an injury that will probably keep him out multiple weeks. Green Bay’s Gilbert Brown suffered a similar injury in an Aug. 14 preseason game and returned to action three weeks later for the regular season opener.

If Hand opts to have surgery, which Brown did not, there is a realistic possibility he could be out for the year.

Coach Mike Holmgren said that Hand would wait a couple of days before seeking a second opinion.

Under any scenario, it is unlikely Hand will play this Sunday. That would open the door for John Randle to return to the starting lineup, or for rookie Rashad Moore to make his first NFL start.

If Robinson were unable to play, Bobby Engram would step into his starting role, with Alex Bannister working as the No. 3 receiver.

Corner shuffle: The team made no official decision on the starting cornerbacks as of Monday afternoon, but it is likely that Ken Lucas will continue to work as the No. 3 corner.

Holmgren said he would not take rookie Marcus Trufant out of the starting lineup, while veteran Shawn Springs is unlikely to get benched.

Springs has been the least consistent of the trio but is still regarded by opponents as the team’s most dangerous cornerback.

Quick slants: The Seahawks rank 11th in the NFL in total offense (333.5 yards per game) and 13th in defense (311.6). … With 61 points scored this season, rookie kicker Josh Brown is on pace to challenge the team record. Todd Peterson had a franchise-best 134 points in 1999 and also holds the second-best total of 111 in 1996.

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