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Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Notebook: Chad Brown sidelined

By José Miguel Romero
Seattle Times staff reporter

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KIRKLAND — As if the news of wide receiver Koren Robinson's suspension wasn't bad enough, the Seahawks were dealt another blow yesterday.

Starting outside linebacker Chad Brown had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee yesterday, and he will be out indefinitely.

"We will get him back hopefully before the end of the season," coach Mike Holmgren said. "I think he's kind of a fast healer. One to six weeks, and we'll have him."

Brown played most of Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins despite the knee injury. He was going to have surgery after the game whether he had played or not. Solomon Bates is likely to be elevated to starter.

The Seahawks are already without starter Anthony Simmons, out for the season after wrist surgery last week. Brown missed the first six games with a broken leg, and Tracy White will probably miss two more weeks with a pulled hamstring.

The Seahawks figure to field a starting lineup that includes three players who are or have been middle linebackers in their careers — Bates, Orlando Huff and Isaiah Kacyvenski.

The Seahawks could also sign a free agent, as they have a roster spot for the next four weeks with Robinson's absence. Brown will remain on the 53-man roster.

Hasselbeck still hurting

Holmgren called quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's deep thigh bruise "the most serious charley horse in the history of charley horses," and the coach still isn't sure when his quarterback will be ready to play.
The injury kept Hasselbeck from playing Sunday, and recovery has been slower than expected. Hasselbeck could not run or throw last week in practice after being injured in a collision with running back Shaun Alexander at St. Louis on Nov. 14.

"I specifically asked the trainer and the doctors this morning, 'What can we do that we have not done?' " Holmgren said. "I asked that question, because I am scratching my head at this injury. And they assured me that they are going full speed ahead and they are exhausting all modern medical science to try and get this thing fixed."

The bruise is supposedly near his thigh bone, making it take longer to heal.

"We know what it is. It's just a matter of getting it to behave right," Hasselbeck said. "It's a frustrating thing, and there's only so much I can do."


• After a dismal punting performance by Donnie Jones on Sunday, the Seahawks could be looking at making a change at the position. "We are looking at ways to fix that," Holmgren said.

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