Seattle WRs Jackson, Engram will play


Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KIRKLAND, Wash. - Seattle wide receivers Darrell Jackson, a former Gator, and Bobby Engram both will play in Sunday's NFC championship game against Carolina - despite still being listed as questionable.
The Seahawks' top two receivers both practiced Friday for the first time this week.
Jackson, who had surgery Oct. 12 on his right knee, has had only one full week of practice in the last 11 weeks. But Seattle's leading receiver did play Dec. 18 at Tennessee and Dec. 24 against Indianapolis.
His latest pain was from a bruised lower back, the result of a hit during last Saturday's win over Washington.
Engram, who led the Seahawks with 67 catches, also has a bruised back.
Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, who had a career-high 8 sacks in the regular season, also practiced for the first time this week. He is also questionable with a sore left foot.
  • PATRIOTS: The team promoted 29-year-old quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels to offensive coordinator, making him the youngest coordinator in the NFL.
    "I don't really look at my age as being a factor one way or the other," McDaniels said during a conference call.
    Charlie Weis left as coordinator after the 2004 season to become coach at Notre Dame, and no one took his place in 2005. McDaniels and coach Bill Belichick split most of the play-calling duties.
  • PANTHERS: Defensive end Julius Peppers practiced - the first time this week he hit the field in preparation of the NFC championship game against Seattle.
    Peppers sat out Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a shoulder injury, then an illness. He's still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
    n BILLS: Former Houston Texans coach Dom Capers was one of two people who interviewed for the team's coaching job.
    Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell also met with team owner Ralph Wilson and general manager Marv Levy, said Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold.
  • REF'S HOUSE VANDALIZED: A rock was thrown through the front window at the home of Pete Morelli, an NFL referee who made an incorrect call in last Sunday's playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
    Morelli also is a high school principal, and police said it was unclear whether the incident was related to his school job or his role as a referee.
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