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Seahawks Injuries Open Positions

August 4, 1998

CHENEY, Wash.(AP) _ Injuries forced Seattle Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson to get creative at camp Monday.

The biggest hole is at middle linebacker, where starter Dean Wells and backup Anthony Simmons are sidelined by injuries suffered in Seattle’s 20-19 exhibition victory last Friday night at Dallas.

Another linebacker, backup Michael Barber, also sat out practice due to a strained back.

On Monday, Erickson gave Jason Kyle and DeShone Myles some practice time in the middle.

``They’re both outside linebackers, so it’s hard to do that,″ Erickson said.

Erickson also used an alignment that employed two linebackers instead of the usual three and five defensive backs instead of the usual four.

``It’s a tough situation when you don’t have a middle linebacker,″ he said.

Wells, who has a torn calf muscle, and Barber are expected to be ready for Saturday’s exhibition game against Indianapolis.

Simmons, the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick out of Clemson, is expected to miss three weeks, Seahawks spokesman Steve Wright said. Simmons may undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair partially torn cartilage in his left knee.

Guard Frank Beede suffered the most serious injury in Friday’s game. He is expected to be out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Also missing Monday’s practice was free safety Eric Stokes, who has a pulled hamstring. He is expected to resume practicing soon.

Quarterback Warren Moon has missed two weeks of camp due to a contract dispute, and neither side reported progress Monday. Moon’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, and Randy Mueller, the Seahawks’ vice president of football operations, did not return phone messages.

Steinberg said Sunday that the sides had taken part in ``quiet discussions″ for several days aimed at renegotiating Moon’s contract.

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