Seahawk punter and his wife work on the same field

  • Scott M. Johnson / Herald Writer
  • Sunday, October 19, 2003 9:00pm
  • Sports

SEATTLE – Of all the Seattle Seahawks wives at Sunday’s game, the best seat in the house belonged to Mrs. Tom Rouen.

Better known as Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken, the wife of the Seahawks punter was the sideline reporter for Fox Television during Sunday’s game. It’s the first time Rouen and Van Dyken worked a game together.

“When he’s working, he doesn’t think about me, and when I’m working I don’t think about him,” Van Dyken said during Sunday’s fourth quarter as her husband practiced punts a few yards away. “We’re both just doing our job. But, yeah, it’s very surreal to have him here.”

As part of the television team, Van Dyken roamed both sidelines in search of information about the Seahawks and Bears. As the final minutes ticked down, she had a chance to watch the game without interruption.

“I’m trying to keep (my emotions) internal,” she said as the Seahawks drove down the field toward the game-winning score. “But it’s hard.”

Almost Dilfer time: An injury to Hasselbeck’s left shoulder nearly caused him to come out of the game midway through the fourth quarter, but the Seahawks quarterback played through the pain.

Hasselbeck appeared to hurt his shoulder sliding at the end of a scramble. It looked so bad that backup Trent Dilfer started warming up on the sideline, but Hasselbeck didn’t miss any playing time.

Hasselbeck said afterward that his shoulder would be re-evaluated today.

Brown hobbled: Linebacker Chad Brown also suffered an injury but stayed in the game.

Brown aggravated a foot injury while making a second-quarter sack, causing him to limp off the field.

He returned for the next series, but said later that he did not feel 100 percent.

“After that, I wasn’t as explosive as I wanted to be,” said Brown, who underwent LisFranc surgery on his right foot last November. “I definitely tweaked it on that sack. I’ll try to fight through it and get ready for next week.”

Quick slants: Cornerback Ken Lucas (ankle) was among the Seahawks’ inactives, opening the door for Shawn Springs to make his first start of the season. … Rookie kicker Josh Brown had a rough day, missing a 50-yard field goal and sending a kickoff out of bounds. … Backup running back Maurice Morris, who missed Friday’s practice because of a family emergency on the East Coast, returned to town Saturday and played in the game. … Backup tight end Ryan Hannam suffered a knee injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. … Former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy raised the symbolic No. 12 flag before Sunday’s game. Each week, someone new raises the flag in a pre-game ceremony designed to celebrate the fans, otherwise known as the “12th man.”

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