Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet.

The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said yesterday his left foot, broken for the final 4 months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason.

The 2005 NFL MVP doesn't want to know for sure until after his team's veteran minicamp ends Thursday.

"I don't even want to get another X-ray until after this camp," a smiling Alexander said after his fourth consecutive day of occasionally carrying the ball during no-contact, no-pads drills. "If the X-ray shows it's still cracked, it's like, 'OK. What does that mean?' "

Last winter, it meant team doctors finally clearing him to play because they deemed remote the risk of completely breaking through a crack in the fourth metatarsal. He sat out 7 weeks because of an injury that began as a severe bruise sustained when a Detroit Lions tackler fell on it during the season opener.

In his second game back, Alexander plowed through the snow for 201 yards on a Seattle-record 40 carries against Green Bay. He averaged 112 yards per game over the final 6 weeks of the regular season, and finished the year with 896 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 10 games.


* Since January 2000, Adam "Pacman" Jones' attorneys count at least 283 NFL players who have been arrested or charged for offenses ranging from drunken driving to domestic violence to weapons possession.

None was suspended a full season for personal conduct, as Jones was, a punishment his attorneys say was "unprecedented in its severity."

That's part of the Titans cornerback's plea for leniency in a 24-page letter sent to the NFL and posted on the Tennessean newspaper's Web site.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment on the confidential document.

Jones, who has been arrested five times since being drafted in 2005, will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday in New York to appeal. Last month, the commissioner suspended Jones for 2007 and Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry for eight games, warning both this was their last chance to salvage their careers.

The Titans have said Jones must change his behavior off the field before they let him return. They drafted safety Michael Griffin last month to help replace him in their secondary.

* Jacksonville waived cornerback Ahmad Carroll 2 days after he was arrested on weapon and drug charges. Carroll was the Jaguars' fifth player arrested since September.

* Two Penn State players signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams: safety Donnie Johnson (Baltimore) and fullback BranDon Snow (Arizona).

* A Pittsburgh judge dismissed an assault charge against Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend after witnesses said he wasn't involved in a fight at a nightclub in March.

* Former wide receiver Tom Hutchinson, who played on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL championship, has died. He was 65. *