Jackson may play for Seattle


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson was in a good mood Wednesday. His Florida Gators won the national championship and his injured left toe was feeling better.

"It feels a whole lot better with these Gator shoes on," said Jackson, the University of Florida product.

Seattle's leading receiver is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC playoff game at Chicago, but is expected to play. Receiver D.J. Hackett is listed as doubtful with a sprained right ankle, and cornerback Marcus Trufant is also doubtful with an ankle sprain and won't play.

Jackson's status seemed in doubt after asking out of Saturday's NFC wild-card game against Dallas when he aggravated the ligament strain in his left big toe. By Monday afternoon, Jackson had convinced coach Mike Holmgren he would be able to go. On Wednesday, it sounded as though Jackson would be ready to play — he just might not practice very much.

"It's going to be one of those things where I have to suck it up as long as I can and make a couple of plays while I'm in there. That's it," Jackson said.

Jackson went as long as he could against the Cowboys, but asked out of the game early in the third quarter when the pain became too much. Jackson ran 14 plays in the first quarter, but had only five in second period and one in the third.

"It got to the point I couldn't tolerate it anymore," Jackson said. "They didn't need me anyway."

Jackson went without a catch against the Cowboys for the first time since Dec. 21, 2003, against Arizona. Holmgren was unsure how effective Jackson will be against the Bears.

PATRIOTS

New England safety Rodney Harrison will miss his second straight playoff game Sunday with a knee injury.

Harrison, hurt in the last regular-season game, was the only Patriots player listed as "out" for the divisional playoff against the San Diego Chargers. The only player added to the list as questionable is fullback Heath Evans with an injured shin.

GIANTS

Tom Coughlin was given a one-year reprieve to turn New York into a legitimate contender.

While the team's owners didn't give him an ultimatum, their message was clear.

"I think he knows we need to do better, that our expectations are much higher," co-owner John Mara said in a conference call Wednesday. "I think we have enough talent on this roster to do better."

Mara and co-owner Jonathan Tisch gave the 60-year-old coach a one-year contract extension through 2008, an agreement reached just days after the Giants were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season.

HALL OF FAME

Recently retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas are among 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2007.

Also making the cut is Bruce Matthews, one of the game's most venerable blockers who played every position on the offensive line for the Oilers/Titans from 1983-2001.

Matthews is in his first year of eligibility, while Thomas is in his second year, as is former Dallas receiver Michael Irvin.

The other 11 modern-era finalists are defensive ends Fred Dean and Richard Dent; guards Russ Grimm and Bob Kuechenberg; punter Ray Guy; wide receivers Art Monk and Andre Reed; linebackers Derrick Thomas and Andre Tippett; cornerback Roger Wehrli; and tackle Gary Zimmerman.

Joining them are senior committee nominees guard Gene Hickerson and tight end Charlie Sanders.

To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum of 80 percent of the total votes by the panel of media members. The panel will vote on Feb. 3, the day before the Super Bowl in Miami.

Enshrinement of the class of 2007 will take place on the weekend of August 4-5.

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