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Jackson having surgery; Boulware likely to return

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Darrell
Jackson is scheduled to have surgery on his right knee Wednesday to
remove loose cartilage from an old injury.
Jackson has a bone bruise in the knee, but while getting a
second opinion in Florida late last week, doctors noticed the loose
cartilage from an injury suffered a few years ago, coach Mike
Holmgren said Monday.
Jackson was presented with options to handle the situation, and
chose surgery.
"I'd be wrong to give you a time frame on that, but it'd be a
few weeks and then we'll have him back on that type of surgery,"
Holmgren said.
Jackson was third in the league with 29 catches through the
first four games, but did not play in Sunday's 37-31 win over St.
Louis. D.J. Hackett made his first start in Jackson's place and
caught five passes for 43 yards.
The news was far more encouraging for safety Michael Boulware,
who was carted off the field Sunday on a stretcher after suffering
a lower back injury. Boulware lost feeling in his lower body while
on the field and was taken to a St. Louis hospital for X-rays,
which came back negative.
By the time Boulware reached the hospital, most of the feeling
had returned. He joined the team in the locker room after the game,
and flew home on the team plane.
Holmgren said Boulware had additional examination on Monday
there is a chance he will play on Sunday against Houston.
"The possibility to play this game is very exciting and very
motivating," Boulware said. "The play I got hurt on, I played a
little tentative, and I think it made me realize that if you played
tentative you're going to get hurt."
Bobby Engram's status is also uncertain. Engram cracked two ribs
on the first play against Washington, but still had nine catches
for 106 yards. He did not play on Sunday, and Holmgren would not
set a time for Engram's return, but said he is improving.
He was tied for fourth in the league with 27 receptions in the
first four games.
The injury report doesn't stop there for Seattle. Cornerback
Andre Dyson is expected to miss a couple of weeks after pulling his
hamstring. Kelly Herndon will start in Dyson's place.
Offensive lineman Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack, making his first
appearance of the season after injuring his triceps in the
preseason, injured his left quadriceps in the second quarter and
could miss a couple of more weeks.
Linebacker D.D. Lewis also tweaked his right knee, but Holmgren
said there is a chance he will play on Sunday.
"It's something we deal with in the business," Holmgren said.
"You just get them back on the field as soon as we can and
recognize that we have to do it in a safe way."