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Seattle RB backs off postgame comments

Shaun Alexander apologized Monday to fans _ but not his coach or teammates _ for saying he was "stabbed in the back" by Mike Holmgren's play call that might have cost him the rushing title.

"I'm human," the running back said. "Anybody can, at one time, pop off. I've done it several times. I think in the position I'm in, I need to own up to it."

Alexander created a stir after Seattle won the NFC West by beating Atlanta 28-26 on Sunday.

"We were going to win anyway," Alexander said. "We were on the freakin' goal line, and I got stabbed in the back."

The Seahawks went ahead 28-20 with 4:28 left when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck scored on a 1-yard sneak on second and goal.

Alexander agreed Monday it was the right call but said it felt at the time "like gasoline on the fire." He said he didn't know exactly how many yards he needed.

"I just figured someone was doing the math," he said.

The Jets' Curtis Martin ran for 153 yards to finish with 1,697, 1 more than Alexander.

"It got the best of me," Alexander said Monday. "I definitely blurted out stuff I shouldn't have said. I wouldn't want to take any light away from this team and what we have accomplished."

Alexander said he hadn't spoken to Holmgren and insisted there was no reason to apologize to him or teammates. They know him well enough, he said, to realize he puts winning ahead of stats.

Holmgren wasn't available for comment.

In postgame remarks, he indicated he had wanted Alexander to win the title. The Falcons drove 69 yards in the final 4:28 to pull within 28-26 before failing on the two-point conversion.

"It's too bad we didn't get the ball back," Holmgren said. "Shaun had a chance at the rushing championship. I would have liked to seen him get it."

COLTS: Tight end Dallas Clark, linebacker Rob Morris and receiver Troy Walters were tested for concussions but are expected to play Sunday. Results were not available.

Clark was hurt Sunday when Denver safety John Lynch delivered a big hit. Walters also was hurt Sunday, but the team did not say how. Morris sat out after a concussion a week earlier.

JETS: Defensive end John Abraham will play Saturday after missing the past month. But the three-time Pro Bowl selection, who has 9{ sacks, likely will play only in pass-rush situations. He sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee Dec. 12.

Also, receiver Wayne Chrebet is probable after a mild concussion Sunday. Chrebet missed the final eight games of last season with postconcussion syndrome.

PACKERS: Receiver Javon Walker, tight end Bubba Franks and running back Najeh Davenport are expected to play Sunday. The team said Walker likely sustained a concussion when his head slammed into the ground Sunday. Franks jammed his left knee, and Davenport sat out with a strained shoulder.

Robert Ferguson is unlikely to play. He has missed two games since a hit Dec. 19 by Jacksonville's Donovin Darius left him temporarily paralyzed. The kick returner and No. 3 receiver still has weakness on his left side.

VIKINGS: Strong safety Corey Chavous, receiver Kelly Campbell and cornerback Terrance Shaw likely won't play Sunday. Chavous will have an MRI exam on the left elbow he hurt Sunday. Campbell separated his right shoulder Sunday and Shaw has an unspecified rib injury.