KIRKLAND, Wash. Shaun Alexander practiced for the second consecutive day for the Seahawks on Thursday. That makes it more likely he will play Sunday at Philadelphia for the first time since he sprained his knee 3 1/2 weeks ago.
The 2005 league MVP split time as the lead running back during drills with Maurice Morris. Alexander's six-year backup fully participated in practice Thursday on his sore ankle after being limited a day earlier.
Morris said his ankle was much better Thursday and he will play when Seattle (7-4) meets the Eagles (5-6). He was injured when St. Louis linebacker Will Witherspoon tackled him by the face mask late in last weekend's win over the Rams.
Coach Mike Holmgren has said Morris, who has averaged 85 yards rushing in the three games he has started for Alexander all Seattle victories will continue to play even when Alexander returns.
CULPEPPER RESTS: Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper was limited in practice Thursday due to a sore quadriceps muscle, but is expected to play this weekend against Denver. "He just came in this morning and it was bothering him, so we were safe with him," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. "He did some stuff today, so we'll see what he can do tomorrow. I don't anticipate him being out, but if he was then we'll figure it out then." Culpepper, who has started six games for Oakland this season, said the injury initially occurred in last week's 20-17 win over Kansas City.
HAGLER COULD RETURN: Colts linebacker Tyjuan Hagler was cleared to resume a full practice schedule and could be back in the lineup for Indianapolis' AFC South matchup with Jacksonville. Hagler has missed four games after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck against Carolina on Oct. 28, and expects to play this weekend after practicing Wednesday and Thursday.
HAYNESWORTH SITS : Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sat out practice Thursday, a day after he had his most extensive workout since injuring his right hamstring three weeks ago. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said it was part of the plan for the six-year veteran's rehabilitation. "He was fine. I would expect him to practice tomorrow," Fisher said. The Titans have allowed their three worst rushing games this season in his absence, and have lost each game without him.
EX-COWBOYS QB GUILTY: Former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana. Carter entered the plea Wednesday in Louisiana district court, Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Barber said Thursday. Judge Charles Scott fined Carter $300, put him on six months' unsupervised probation and suspended a 30-day jail term.