By Sheila Dwyer, Shoulder1 Staff
September 28, 2001
Ricky Watters cracked his right shoulder during the Seattle Seahawks’ game Sunday and may sit out a few games while he recovers.
The 32-year-old star running back was on a streak, playing in 116 consecutive games. But on Sunday, Watters tried unsuccessfully to convert a fourth-down play during the first quarter of the team’s 38-14 loss to Oakland and took a hit to his shoulder, probably forcing him to break his streak.
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said on Monday that Watters would miss at least four games.
“He has a decision to make, whether we have surgery on it or whether we let it knit naturally,” Holmgren told the Associated Press. “The surgery itself would get him back a little sooner.”
Watters had not missed a game since 1993. That year, a knee injury forced him to sit out three games while he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers. “You kind of get used to having certain guys with you all the time,” Holmgren remarked.
Watters underwent an MRI on Monday and was scheduled for more tests on Tuesday. He is in the final year of his contract with Seattle.
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