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Babineaux already injured

Seattle Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux will miss the next three to four weeks of training camp after injuring his right knee on the first day of practice.

Babineaux got tangled with wide receiver Ben Obomanu while leaping for a pass in practice on Sunday and then banged his right knee while skidding across the wet grass.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Monday that a scan on Babineaux’s knee showed just a bone bruise, and the player teammates call “Big Play Babs” for timely contributions as a nickel back in recent seasons wouldn’t miss a significant length of time.

“He has the bone bruise and the feeling is that we’ll have him back in three or four weeks. That was good,” Holmgren said.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack again injured his hamstring. Womack has been hampered by leg injuries in recent seasons and was being limited in practice after double knee surgeries in the spring.

“It shouldn’t be a lengthy thing, but with all the things that have happened with his legs, it doesn’t take much,” Holmgren said.

Basketball

Police looking for link in robberies

Two hulking NBA stars were bound with duct tape and robbed of cash and jewelry by masked gunmen in separate holdups that have Chicago-area detectives wondering whether someone is targeting professional athletes.

New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry was tied up along with his wife and an employee at his mansion in suburban Burr Ridge on Saturday.

Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker was similarly robbed along with a relative at his $4 million townhouse in Chicago’s exclusive River North section on July 10. No one was injured in either case.

“Our guys are talking to Chicago to determine if it’s just a copycat or a coincidence or if there is a relationship there,” Burr Ridge police Cpl. Tim Vaclav said.

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