By SCOTT M. JOHNSON
KIRKLAND – It’s going to take more than a toe injury to end Ricky Watters’ streak.
The running back practiced with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday and is expected to make his 107th consecutive start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
“He practiced well, and I think he will play,” coach Mike Holmgren said. “There were no restrictions at all.”
Watters has missed two days of practice because of “turf toe,” but is expected to play in Sunday’s game at Husky Stadium. He has the NFL’s longest current starting streak for running backs.
Watters injured the big toe on his right foot at the end of a 14-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-19 loss to Kansas City.
Despite the injury, Holmgren said he does not expect Watters’ backup, rookie Shaun Alexander, to see any more playing time Sunday.
“Not if Ricky plays like he practiced today,” Holmgren said Friday. “There is a chance he could be sore (today). We’ll have to see how that goes. I would think it would be business as usual if he can play like he practiced today.”
Afterward, he participated in a throwing contest with Seattle’s other three quarterbacks before riding an exercise bike.
“He’s better,” Holmgren said. “He’s feeling pretty upbeat today.”
Huard is expected to begin practicing next week, and could be available for the Jacksonville game one week from Sunday. Jon Kitna will start this Sunday against the Chargers.
The Chargers already own the NFL’s worst rushing offense, averaging just 60.3 yards per game. Their leading rusher, Jermaine Fazande, has 176 yards on 57 carries.
“We don’t talk about that as much anymore,” quarterback Jim Harbaugh said when asked about the Chargers’ rushing offense. “We want to run the football, but if we got to throw it first, then we’ll do that.”
The most convenient Park &Ride locations for Snohomish County residents are at Kenmore (7346 NE Bothell Way), Shoreline (Aurora Ave. N. and N. 192nd St. south of Aurora Village) and Northgate Mall.
Bus service begins at 11 a.m. and continues every 20 minutes until the game’s 1:15 p.m. start.
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