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Originally published Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Hawks Notebook | Plenty of Hawks banged up

The injury bug has struck at a bad time for the Seahawks with their game against the 3-0 Chicago Bears a few days away. The Seahawks' first injury...

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — The injury bug has struck at a bad time for the Seahawks with their game against the 3-0 Chicago Bears a few days away.

The Seahawks' first injury report of the week contained a season-high nine names, including running back Shaun Alexander, who is doubtful with a broken left foot.

Defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs is out with a left knee problem that requires minor surgery, coach Mike Holmgren said. The injury won't keep Tubbs out for more than a couple of weeks, Holmgren added, but Russell Davis will move into Tubbs' spot in the lineup.

Davis was inactive for the first three games of this season.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens (left knee) and left guard Floyd Womack (right knee) remain out. Stevens is expected back by Oct. 15, and Womack is out for several more weeks.

The Seahawks will be thin on the offensive line if starters Sean Locklear and Chris Gray can't play. Neither practiced Wednesday, and both are questionable with knee injuries.

But Holmgren said he believes he'll have both for the game Sunday. Rob Sims played right guard for Gray and Tom Ashworth was the right tackle for Locklear in practice.

Defensive back Jordan Babineaux did not practice because of a concussion he suffered in the fourth quarter last week. He had some precautionary tests done and is questionable, but is expected to play Sunday.

Defensive end Joe Tafoya is doubtful with a sprained left knee he suffered on kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter last weekend. He did not practice, nor did free safety Ken Hamlin because of a sore shoulder. Hamlin should be back today and is probable for Sunday.

Oliver Celestin took Hamlin's place with the starting defense Wednesday.

A thing for Beijing

Holmgren shared his thoughts on the team playing an exhibition game in China next summer.

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"I love it. I absolutely love it," Holmgren said. "I think it's the greatest thing in the world.

"To expose your players to other cultures and other places, I think that's a healthy, good thing for your team."

In agreeing to play the New England Patriots in Beijing on Aug. 8, 2007, Holmgren did ask for a couple of conditions, which he believes the league and the Seahawks have met.

"It's important to know that when we get back, for about four days, you can't do anything," Holmgren said. "You really have to just get your body back on track."

So the Seahawks, per Holmgren's understanding, won't play an exhibition game for some time after returning.

The plan is to let the Seahawks rest and get in a few workouts in the days after their return, but nothing extensive. Holmgren isn't sure if the Seahawks will have to play five exhibition games rather than the normal four.

Note

• The Seahawks held tryouts for five defensive backs this week: Dennis Davis (Georgia Tech), Jason Horton (North Carolina A&T), Chris Johnson (Louisville), Leigh Torrence (Stanford) and Ahmad Treaudo (Southern).

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