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Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.

Seahawks

Notebook: Hawks minicamp opens minus WR Robinson

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — The Seahawks opened their June minicamp yesterday with a few heavy hearts, and minds still on former wide receiver Koren Robinson.

Robinson, a former first-round draft pick, was released last Thursday in large part because of his off-field problems from alcohol abuse that dated to his days in college and continued into his NFL career.

Coach Mike Holmgren was the one who called Robinson to tell him of his release. Holmgren expressed some guilt over what transpired.

"I prayed for him every day," Holmgren said. "It became to me much more than a football issue, it became a life issue. Somehow I couldn't communicate well enough. I kind of failed on that one, and that bothers me. But I don't regret how we tried to do some things. I just hope it works out for him.

"We have a good football team. We're moving forward. I wanted him to be a part of it, but he's not going to be."

The competition for Robinson's former starting spot (split end) will be fierce, and third-year receiver Jerheme Urban stated his case for it yesterday. He made a one-handed, over-the-shoulder grab and a fully-extended catch on a pair of deep passes.

Nine other receivers are also with the team. There are two starting spots, one for flanker Darrell Jackson.

Bobby Engram has stated his desire to be a starter, though he has been the key, third-down slot receiver in recent years. As for Robinson, whom Engram befriended and mentored, there was sadness and sorrow.

"It was tough to see it go down like that," Engram said. "We want to see him just get his life right and not get in any serious trouble in terms of harming himself."

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Boulware on Boulware

Make no mistake, Michael Boulware wants his older brother in a Seahawks uniform.

And Peter Boulware seems willing to sign a free-agent deal with Seattle. It would reunite him with Michael — a safety for the Seahawks — for the first time since they played together in the family backyard in South Carolina as kids.

Peter took a free-agent visit with the Seahawks last week after being released by Baltimore last month. He is a four-time Pro Bowler who figures to play rush end if he signs with Seattle.

While here for his visit, Peter spent time with Michael and his wife, Jessica.

"We had a great time together, and I got to show him the city a little bit," Michael said. "He likes the city and likes the team. He's really interested. Mostly because I'm here, but also because it's a great team and has a lot of potential, so I think we have a good shot."

Holmgren said he had a good visit with Peter Boulware, but expressed some concern about Boulware's injury history. Boulware missed all of last season with knee and toe injuries.

Notes

• The Seahawks signed safety John Howell to a one-year, $565,000 contract last Friday, and Howell, who spent his first four pro seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made his practice debut yesterday.

"He gives us depth at the position, and he's also an outstanding special-teams player," Holmgren said.

• Notable absences at yesterday's practice: Jackson, with whom Holmgren expressed his disappointment for not being there; QB Seneca Wallace (illness); RB Shaun Alexander, with whom Holmgren spoke last Friday but won't practice until either his contract situation is resolved or he signs his one-year franchise tender; and OT Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack, who is dealing with a family matter in his native Mississippi but should be back when it is resolved.

Josť Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com

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