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Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Seahawks: Koren Robinson returned to practice Thursday after a one-day absence to rest a sore right hip. He's listed as probable for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against St. Louis, but Coach Mike Holmgren hadn't decided whether the troubled receiver will play because of a disciplinary issue. "We're going to talk about that. He is going to suit up," Holmgren said. Robinson, who missed meetings before last weekend's win over Atlanta, sat out six of the last seven regular season games -- two games for breaking team rules and four in an NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Holmgren consulted a players committee to discuss Robinson's situation, mostly to keep the team informed. "I told them it wasn't their decision," Holmgren said. "It was going to be my decision, but I did want them aware of what was going on. I wanted to hear what they thought. Koren and I have spoken, and there are few things he has to do." Another receiver, Darrell Jackson, is probable with a strained right hamstring and practiced Thursday for the first time this week. Cornerback Marcus Trufant is probable with a strained right thigh. Defensive end Grant Wistrom, who played the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Rams, is doubtful after missing the final three games with ligament damage in his left knee. Linebacker Niko Koutouvides (left knee), tight end Itula Mili (right thigh) and cornerback Bobby Taylor (right knee) are questionable. Taylor, a 10-year pro, missed the final seven games.Cowboys: Although Larry Lacewell is about to turn 68 and has been planning to retire for months, the departure of Dallas' scouting director can be considered the first of many changes for the team this off-season. And it could be another sign of the power base in the organization shifting to Coach Bill Parcells. Lacewell announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 13-season stay that spanned from the final two years of Coach Jimmy Johnson to the first two under Parcells. Before coming to Dallas, Lacewell coached at many colleges, starting with Alabama in 1959. He was defensive coordinator on two Oklahoma teams that won national titles and was athletic director and head coach at Arkansas State from 1978-89.Falcons: Quarterback Michael Vick didn't practice Thursday because of an illness. Vick showed up at the Falcons' training complex but was sent home. He apparently contracted a stomach flu that several teammates had earlier in the week. The timing of the illness was good for the Falcons, who earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. The NFC South champions host a conference semifinal on Jan. 15. Vick was voted to the Pro Bowl this season for the second time in his four-year career. Titans: Quarterback Billy Volek will have surgery today to repair his severely separated throwing shoulder injured in the Titans' 24-19 victory over Detroit last Sunday. Volek was hit in the fourth quarter and separated his right shoulder where the joint meets the clavicle. Coach Jeff Fisher said that affects his throwing mechanics and rotator cuff. It will take Volek three to four months to recover from the surgery. Volek started eight games this season in place of Steve McNair, who had surgery to graft bone to his sternum last week. Volek threw for 2,486 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. McNair was involved in a car accident but not injured Thursday, just a week after having an operation on his sternum. Police said a woman pulled in front of McNair's pickup truck as he was traveling down a street in the Music Row area near downtown Nashville.

Seahawks: Koren Robinson returned to practice Thursday after a one-day absence to rest a sore right hip. He's listed as probable for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against St. Louis, but Coach Mike Holmgren hadn't decided whether the troubled receiver will play because of a disciplinary issue. "We're going to talk about that. He is going to suit up," Holmgren said. Robinson, who missed meetings before last weekend's win over Atlanta, sat out six of the last seven regular season games -- two games for breaking team rules and four in an NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Holmgren consulted a players committee to discuss Robinson's situation, mostly to keep the team informed. "I told them it wasn't their decision," Holmgren said. "It was going to be my decision, but I did want them aware of what was going on. I wanted to hear what they thought. Koren and I have spoken, and there are few things he has to do." Another receiver, Darrell Jackson, is probable with a strained right hamstring and practiced Thursday for the first time this week. Cornerback Marcus Trufant is probable with a strained right thigh. Defensive end Grant Wistrom, who played the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Rams, is doubtful after missing the final three games with ligament damage in his left knee. Linebacker Niko Koutouvides (left knee), tight end Itula Mili (right thigh) and cornerback Bobby Taylor (right knee) are questionable. Taylor, a 10-year pro, missed the final seven games.Cowboys: Although Larry Lacewell is about to turn 68 and has been planning to retire for months, the departure of Dallas' scouting director can be considered the first of many changes for the team this off-season. And it could be another sign of the power base in the organization shifting to Coach Bill Parcells. Lacewell announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 13-season stay that spanned from the final two years of Coach Jimmy Johnson to the first two under Parcells. Before coming to Dallas, Lacewell coached at many colleges, starting with Alabama in 1959. He was defensive coordinator on two Oklahoma teams that won national titles and was athletic director and head coach at Arkansas State from 1978-89.Falcons: Quarterback Michael Vick didn't practice Thursday because of an illness. Vick showed up at the Falcons' training complex but was sent home. He apparently contracted a stomach flu that several teammates had earlier in the week. The timing of the illness was good for the Falcons, who earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. The NFC South champions host a conference semifinal on Jan. 15. Vick was voted to the Pro Bowl this season for the second time in his four-year career. Titans: Quarterback Billy Volek will have surgery today to repair his severely separated throwing shoulder injured in the Titans' 24-19 victory over Detroit last Sunday. Volek was hit in the fourth quarter and separated his right shoulder where the joint meets the clavicle. Coach Jeff Fisher said that affects his throwing mechanics and rotator cuff. It will take Volek three to four months to recover from the surgery. Volek started eight games this season in place of Steve McNair, who had surgery to graft bone to his sternum last week. Volek threw for 2,486 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. McNair was involved in a car accident but not injured Thursday, just a week after having an operation on his sternum. Police said a woman pulled in front of McNair's pickup truck as he was traveling down a street in the Music Row area near downtown Nashville.




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