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Holmgren: didn't know RB needed 1 yard

Mike Holmgren wanted to focus on this weekend's playoff game against St. Louis rather than rehash Shaun Alexander's caustic comments from last weekend. Sorry, Coach.

Alexander's claim that he was "stabbed in the back" and denied the NFL rushing title by Holmgren was a popular topic during the Seahawks coach's weekly news conference.

There were plenty of questions, too, about Holmgren's handling of trouble-prone receiver Koren Robinson .

"Shaun's situation came and went. It's over," Holmgren said. "Koren's situation? We haven't had Koren much in the last six weeks. We've been playing without him. Would I like to have Koren? Yes, I would. But we're moving forward."

Holmgren said he hadn't received an apology from Alexander. The running back claimed after Sunday's 28-26 win over Atlanta that a 1-yard quarterback sneak cost him the NFL rushing title.

On Monday, Alexander apologized to fans for his comments, but said he didn't need to apologize to Holmgren or his teammates _ saying they know him well enough to realize he doesn't value statistics ahead of wins.

"It's a nonfactor," fullback Mack Strong said. "Nobody even brought it up today, which I think is the right thing to do. Shaun did what he had to do yesterday, in a press conference and a formal apology. As far as I'm concerned, it's done."

Holmgren said he didn't know Alexander was 1 yard short of tying the Jets' Curtis Martin for the NFL rushing title when he called for Matt Hasselbeck's decisive touchdown sneak, which put Seattle up 28-20 with 4:28 to play.

"Honest to goodness, you guys, I suppose this is interesting," he said. "To me, it wasn't that complicated. No one was intentionally doing anything. Inches? Quarterback sneak. That's it."

Holmgren said he planned to help Alexander get 2 more yards on Seattle's next possession. That never happened, because the Falcons used the rest of the clock on their final drive, capped by a touchdown as time expired.

"There was no one, other than Shaun, who wanted him to get that record more than me," the coach said.

Holmgren said he hadn't discussed the issue with Alexander.

"We'll practice. At some point, we'll probably bump into each other in the hallway," Holmgren said. "It's only a distraction if you make it a distraction, and I don't think this is a distraction."

Dealing with Robinson is more complicated. Holmgren must decide whether the standout receiver will play against the visiting Rams Saturday. He sent Robinson home before kickoff last weekend for violating an undisclosed team rule.

"He is practicing today," Holmgren said. "I haven't made the decision on what his role will be. My players committee is involved in this, as well. I'll make a decision by the end of the week."

Robinson, who declined interviews Tuesday, missed six of the final seven games: two for breaking team rules and four after an NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

FALCONS: Jim Mora says Warrick Dunn's latest 1,000-yard season was a surprise even to the Falcons. "He ran for 1,100 yards and really, if you look at his season, they kind of sneaked up on you," Mora said.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Dunn has heard that a lot in his eight-year NFL career, even though he has three 1,000-yard seasons and has topped the 900-yard mark two other times.

"When I have a 100-yard game and have a great game, it's not talked about, but when you have other backs who have been out there a lot and have been expected to do it, they're more glorified," Dunn said. "As long as the people around me know, I'm good. But it's frustrating at times."

Dunn started all 16 games for the first time in his career and set career highs with nine touchdowns rushing and 265 carries. His 1,106 yards rushing fell just below his personal-best 1,133 with Tampa Bay in 2000.

"I'm not tired, you're not going to wear me out," Dunn said. "Just give it to me and I'm going to make it happen."

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