Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said long snapper Kevin Houser suffered a collapsed lung on Sunday against Tampa Bay and is still in the hospital. Mora said hopefully Houser will be out on Tuesday in time to be with his family for Christmas.
Houser suffered the injury while trying to cover a punt return and actually received pain medication during the game to try and gut through it, but ultimately couldn’t go because of the injury and had to transported to the hospital for his safety, giving way to Kelly Jennings.
Mora said the team has reached out to old standby Jeff Robinson to take Houser’s place for the last two weeks of the season. Robinson, who still lives in the area, snapped for the Seahawks in 2007 and 2008.
Aaron Curry (shoulder) also is doubtful for Sunday. He injured his left shoulder and actually tried to get back on the field, but couldn’t get off a block on Carnell Williams’ 22-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Receiver Nate Burleson has the boot off his ankle but also is doubtful for Sunday. Mora said Burleson might play in the last game of the season.
Ben Obomanu has a hamstring injury and likely will not practice.
Mora said he was hopeful that Mike Holmgren would come back to the organization, and actually sent a letter to Tod Leiweke expressing that thought last week.
“It’s no secret that I’m a Mike Holmgren fan,” he said. “And I was an advocate of him coming back to the point that I made my feelings known to the people that make those decisions.
“And I’m probably as disappointed as anybody that he decided to reject our offer and go onward. And I don’t know the particulars. I just know that I absolutely have great regard for Mike Holmgren.”
Mora said that Holmgren never contacted him about coming back to the Seahawks.
“That’s not Mike’s style,” he said.
Asked about why he felt the need to expressing his feelings about the Holmgren situation, Mora had this to say:
“I just wanted to be clear about where I was,” he said. “And how I felt about them, so there was no doubt.”
Mora said after reviewing the film that only play where there might have been a question on Deion Branch’s effort on a play was the team’s last offensive play of the game, where Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack came up with the interception.
“When I analyzed it critically and objectively, he kind of got walled off the ball,” Mora said. “Would I have loved to see just a tenacious, kicking, scratching effort to knock that ball down? Yes. Do I think he quit on the play? No.”
Mora said he the offensive line played OK in the first half, and he overall he was pleased with the experiment of switching Max Unger to center and splitting time with Chris Spencer and Mike Gibson at right guard.
Mora also said that T.J. Houshmandzadeh will miss Tuesday’s practice to attend former teammate Chris Henry’s funeral.