Already a man of the contract year, Shaun Alexander is now the Seahawks’ Man of the Year, too.
The honor recognizes the 28-year-old running back’s contributions on and off the field.
Alexander joins a list of former winners that includes four-time winner Eugene Robinson, three-time winner Mike Tice, two-time winner Jon Kitna and 2004 winner Mack Strong.
Alexander runs a foundation that mentors young men. He has purchased a recreation center near his hometown of Florence, Ky., with plans to re-open it as a community center in his name. He has also partnered with an organization that teaches chess to second- and third-graders.
Each NFL team’s man of the year becomes a finalist for the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Alexander leads the NFL in rushing with 1,388 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is scheduled to become a free agent in March.
Jackson will test knee today
Seattle receiver Darrell Jackson is scheduled to test his surgically repaired knee in practice today. Jackson resumed running late last week. He wore a wrap on the knee Thursday and favored it while walking.
“I think we have missed him a great amount,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “I think we’ve done really well with Bobby (Engram) and Darrell out. To say that it has just been easy is not true.”
Jackson caught 87 passes last season. The Seahawks have won eight consecutive games without him in 2005, but the passing game has suffered breakdowns in communication. Hasselbeck is much more familiar with Jackson and Engram than replacements Joe Jurevicius and D.J. Hackett.
Bills suspend Moulds for one game
Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds was suspended without pay for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, apparently for a sideline dispute with an assistant coach during last week’s loss to Miami.
“Eric hasn’t practiced this week so he won’t be ready to play Sunday. He is suspended for one game without pay,” owner Ralph Wilson said.
Moulds’ adviser, Greg Johnson, said the player accepted Wilson’s decision and is happy with the opportunity to give his side of the story.
Mularkey would not say why he was punishing Moulds, but it’s believed to stem from an argument between the player and receivers coach Tyke Tolbert during Buffalo’s 24-23 loss at Miami.
Judge reschedules Jones’ hearing
A hearing for Tennessee Titans rookie Adam “Pacman” Jones has been rescheduled for March 6 after key prosecution witnesses in the criminal case failed to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at Nashville, Tenn.
Jones’ lawyer, Roger May, asked for the case to be dismissed, but General Sessions Court Judge Bill Higgins sided with prosecutors and ordered the hearing rescheduled. Jones is facing two counts of misdemeanor assault and a felony count of vandalism.
Around the league
San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t practice again because of bruised ribs but still plans to play in Sunday’s home game against Miami. … Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair sat out a second straight practice with a sore lower left leg, but coach Jeff Fisher said he expects him to play Sunday against Houston. … New York Jets quarterback Jay Fiedler will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Jacksonville center Brad Meester will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn left biceps. … Indianapolis safety Joseph Jefferson has been placed on injured reserve. … St. Louis cornerback Terry Fair, whose comeback bid was stalled by a neck injury, was placed on injured reserve. … Minnesota cornerback Laroni Gallishaw was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a high ankle sprain during last week’s victory over Detroit.
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