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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.


Notes: Holmgren out with chest pain, tests negative

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — The words mean the end of the practice day for the Seahawks, and only one man makes that call.

Only that man, coach Mike Holmgren, wasn't there to oversee yesterday's practice and make his customary call of "Bring it up, men!"

Holmgren felt discomfort in his chest after Monday's minicamp practice and was taken to a medical facility for a heart examination, the team said yesterday. Doctors performed a procedure to make sure Holmgren's arteries were clear and found nothing wrong.

Holmgren, who turns 57 next week, was ordered to rest for a couple of days. He's expected back to lead practice at team headquarters tomorrow morning.

Seahawks doctors administered the tests, then allowed the coach to leave. In Holmgren's absence, offensive coordinator Gil Haskell oversaw yesterday's practice.

"It was a little different, but not too much," quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. "The assistant coaching staff does a really good job of organizing and getting guys going. I think that some coaches were a little more vocal than normal to kind of pick up the slack that way.

"We're just happy that Mike is doing OK and being smart."

Where's D-Jack?

Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson's absence from minicamp is even more glaring in light of the release of Koren Robinson, since the two were starters at flanker and split end for much of last season.

Jackson is not in camp because he says the team has not honored what seems to be a financial promise made by former team president Bob Whitsitt. Both sides are calling it a matter of principle but are trying to resolve the issue.

After talking to Jackson, Holmgren said Monday he remains hopeful that Jackson will report before this voluntary minicamp ends June 16, but that doesn't seem likely.

One of Jackson's agents, Brian Mooney, said the receiver will arrive for training camp on time next month, ready to work. The agent also said Jackson will honor any public-appearance clauses that are written into the six-year, $25 million contract Jackson signed last offseason.

Hasselbeck wondered aloud when asked what it was like not having offensive starters in camp.

"I guess I really just don't understand where someone could be coming from when they don't want to be here," Hasselbeck said. "It's not that hard. It's actually fun. ... I wouldn't say frustration. I just totally have no idea of that mentality.

"It escapes me completely, but hey, it's OK, we're still a team, and you have to do the best you can."

Koren in court

Judge Albert Raines called Robinson, his lawyer Jon Scott Fox and Medina prosecuting attorney Russell Joe into Kirkland Municipal Court yesterday to go over conditions that were imposed to allow Robinson to stay out of jail.

Robinson is required to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous sessions a week. He must also present a report from his counselors to show proof of compliance with his treatment, and he has to show clean urine analyses while his case is pending.

He cannot test positive for nor be in possession of any drugs or alcohol, nor can he refuse to take a test if authorities have probable cause to administer one.

A hearing is set for July 14 that will determine what records regarding Robinson's treatment history, if any, will be sealed. The pre-trial hearing is still scheduled for July 18.


• Former Washington coach Keith Gilbertson took in yesterday's practice. Afterward, Gilbertson visited with former Huskies TE Jerramy Stevens and CB Omare Lowe.

• Backup QB Seneca Wallace, who missed Monday's practice because of illness, was back in action yesterday.

• CB Marcus Trufant, FS Ken Hamlin, LG Steve Hutchinson and DT Rashad Moore are still unable to practice because of offseason shoulder surgeries, but they have been working out on the side during on-field sessions. DT Cedric Woodard is also out after having knee surgery, but all should be ready to practice at training camp in August, if only in a limited role.

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