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Seattle to start little-used QB Wallace vs. Bucs

The Seahawks’ Seneca Wallace hasn’t started a game in almost two years. And he has a calf injury.

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The Seahawks’ Seneca Wallace hasn’t started a game in almost two years. And he has a calf injury.

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren confirmed Friday that his starting quarterback against the Bucs on Sunday will be Seneca Wallace, who has a sore leg and will make his first start in two years.

This week's practices proved Wallace's 5-week-old calf injury has healed enough for him to replace Charlie Frye, the third-stringer who was ineffective in last week's loss to Green Bay.

"He looked okay. More importantly, he feels okay," Holmgren said of Wallace, 28.

This will be Wallace's first start since Nov. 19, 2006; he went 2-2 while Matt Hasselbeck missed four games with a knee injury.

Hasselbeck is out now with back and knee problems.

Receiver Billy McMullen fractured his right pinkie finger in practice Thursday and is out.

Jordan Kent, signed off the practice squad last week, will be active to give Seattle four healthy, if not proven, receivers against the Bucs.

He joins Bobby Engram, Koren Robinson and Keary Colbert.

Three players fined for slamming officials

The leagued fined Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter and Broncos cornerback Dre' Bly $20,000 each for criticizing officials after losses Sunday, and Rams offensive guard Richie Incognito $25,000 for repeated verbal abuse of an official in the closing seconds of a win.

Porter has to pay up for comments about beleaguered ref Ed Hochuli and his crew. On the first play of the Texans' drive for the winning touchdown, Porter stripped quarterback Matt Schaub. Hochuli ruled an incomplete pass, saying Schaub's arm was moving forward when hit.

"I thought we won the game, actually, but they kept getting calls," Porter said afterward.

Hochuli has been at the center of several disputed calls this season, including one he acknowledged he blew that helped the Broncos rally past the Chargers.

Denver's Bly was agitated over an illegal contact call he drew against the Jaguars and a pass interference call on Broncos safety Marlon McCree in the waning moments. "I guess they've been evaluating us and say we won games we shouldn't have won. So I guess they're going to get a call against us," Bly said of ref Bill Carollo's crew.

Incognito drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty for his outburst in the win over the Redskins. He also was fined $5,000 for a major facemask penalty and $5,000 for an illegal chop block. His fines totaled $35,000.

Browns: Tight end Kellen Winslow practiced for the first time since being hospitalized last week with an undisclosed illness and could play Sunday against the Redskins. Winslow would not comment on reports he had an infection.

Cowboys: Quarterback Tony Romo didn't practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday against the Rams. He has a broken pinkie on his right (throwing) hand. But owner Jerry Jones said Romo likely will play if he can handle the pain.

Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady had a second procedure in 10 days on his left knee, the Boston Globe said. He had the procedure Wednesday for an infection following an Oct. 6 surgery. An injury in the opener against the Chiefs ended his season.

Redskins: Clinton Portis, the NFL's leading rusher, returned after missing Thursday with a hip flexor. He is questionable.

Steelers: Running back Willie Parker didn't practice for a third straight day and won't play against the Bengals on Sunday. He has missed two games with a sprained left knee, and he aggravated it working out Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said.

Seattle to start little-used QB Wallace vs. Bucs 10/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 20, 2008 5:36pm]
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