Springs upgraded to doubtful, doesn't mean he's ready

Updated: October 9, 2003, 2:53 AM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Shawn Springs is getting better. That doesn't mean he's ready to suit up and play.

The Seattle Seahawks' cornerback, who hasn't played yet this season because of a broken right shoulder blade, was listed as doubtful Wednesday for this weekend's game against San Francisco.

"Doubtful is what it means: doubtful," coach Mike Holmgren said. "He's going to practice a little this week, do a few things. It would be a long shot for him to play, but he has a chance depending on how he feels at the end of the week."

Springs was injured in the final preseason game when he collided with Denver's Mike Anderson. After wearing shoulder pads for the first time in weeks at Wednesday's practice, Springs said he would just see what happens.

"I guess it's about on pace," Springs said. "Friday will be the start of six weeks, the end of five weeks. They said it was a six- to eight-week injury. It feels good. I can lift. I'm still strong."

Ordinarily, a change in the injury report isn't too big of a deal. This one drew attention because of the potential for a sensational rematch.

During last year's game in Seattle, Springs was covering 49ers standout Terrell Owens when the receiver caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, whipped a pen from his sock and autographed the ball. San Francisco won 28-21.

The Seahawks remember what happened, of course, but the bitterness that followed in the days immediately after last year's game has faded.

"I know you can't avoid reading about it or talking about it, but our focus just has to be on the football game and how we're going to defend their offense," Holmgren said, breaking into a smile.

Springs denied there was any special significance to seeing Owens again.

"Naw, every game is the same for me," he said.

He said he feels fit from regular running, and reported his legs and feet aren't bothering him for the first time in months. He's simply waiting for doctors to clear him.

"It's not my call," Springs said. "When they say I'm ready, I'll go out there and play."

Holmgren was more concerned about other areas on the injury report. Two rookie standouts in the secondary, cornerback Marcus Trufant (knee) and free safety Ken Hamlin (foot), are listed as questionable.

Neither practiced Wednesday but they should play Sunday.

"They'll get a little more work tomorrow and I'd expect them to practice on Friday," Holmgren said.

He also said tackle Floyd Womack, slowed by turf toe on his right foot, won't need surgery. He's out this week, but Holmgren said it could have been worse because the front office considered moving Womack to injured reserve.

"He doesn't need to have surgery on the toe," Holmgren said. "We're going to lose him for a few weeks, but we won't lose him for the season."

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