KIRKLAND, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram will miss six to eight weeks with a cracked bone in his right shoulder sustained on the first play of Friday’s preseason game against Minnesota, adding to the injuries on offense for the defending four-time NFC West champions.
“It was a freak deal,” coach Mike Holmgren said Monday, adding Engram remained in the game.
Holmgren said the worst case for Engram would be missing three regular-season games and returning to face the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Oct. 5.
The 35-year-old Engram set a franchise record last season with 94 catches then skipped Seattle’s offseason minicamps while in a dispute over a contract that expires after this season. The Seahawks are refusing to negotiate a deal beyond the one paying him $1.7 million this season.
The offense was also missing Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Monday, for the second consecutive day. He has a stiff back that first tightened while he played two series against the Vikings.
“He tweaked it a little bit in the game, did something,” Holmgren said. “He’s taking it easy, taking a couple of days.”
When asked if Hasselbeck might miss Saturday’s preseason game against Chicago, the coach said, “I suppose there’s a chance, but we haven’t even talked about it yet.”
Leftwich almost ready
LATROBE, Pa. – Byron Leftwich waited nine months to get back on the practice field. Now that he’s done that, his first NFL action is likely only days away.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the quarterback brought in to replace injured backup Charlie Batch impressed during his first two practices with the team on Monday, so much that coach Mike Tomlin said “it looks like he’ll be able to play” Thursday when the team plays the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.
Jones pleads not guilty
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Matt Jones pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of cocaine, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Jones, who is free on a $2,500 bond, faces an Oct. 10 trial date – two days before the Jaguars play at Denver.
The 25-year-old Jones, a former Arkansas Razorback quarterback who was taken in the first round by Jacksonville in 2005, was arrested July 10 when a Fayetteville police officer saw him inside a car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card.