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Holmgren says Randle will be ready for season

5/7/2002

Defensive tackle John Randle, who enjoyed a comeback season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, is likely to miss the remainder of spring work and could be limited in training camp as well.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren acknowledged at the team's weekend mini-camp that Randle, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, should be fully rehabilitated in time for the regular-season opener. But he also made it clear that the 12-year veteran will need extensive down time this spring and summer.

"Of all the guys that are nicked up, John will come back the latest," Holmgren said. "He will be there for our first regular-season game but how much he participates even in preseason ... we are not going to mess around with that."

Randle, 33, did not participate in the mini-camp over the weekend.

The seven-time Pro Bowl performer was released last spring by the Minnesota Vikings after a stellar 11-year career. Although many in the NFL felt Randle was a player of declining skills, the Seahawks signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract, and he paid big dividends.

He started 14 of 15 games, had 35 tackles and registered 11 sacks, his best total since 1997. For his efforts, Randle was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad.

The offseason surgery was performed, Holmgren said, to rejuvenate bone growth in the knee. Resting the veteran defensive tackle, it appears, is the prudent thing to do. Holmgren agreed that a player of Randle's experience probably needs less time to prepare for the season.

"They did the surgery and it is 'X' amount of weeks to heal and we are going to be conservative with him, but yeah, I don't worry too much about him getting ready," Holmgren said.

For his career, Randle has played in 191 games and has 125 ½ sacks.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.