KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The NFL has suspended Seahawks starting
right tackle Sean Locklear for Sunday's game at Kansas City for
violating its personal conduct policy.
Locklear was arrested Jan. 15 on a charge of assaulting his
girlfriend outside a downtown Seattle nightspot. In July, Locklear
reached an agreement with prosecutors that avoided a trial. It
requires him to perform community service for the next two years,
undergo an evaluation and pay court costs.
The suspension is without pay, meaning Locklear forfeits $25,000
-- 1/17th of his $425,000 base salary for this season. The
third-round draft choice in 2004 drove away from team headquarters
during practice Friday soon after the Seahawks learned of the
suspension. He is eligible to return to Seattle's active roster on
Tom Ashworth will make his first start for the Seahawks in
Locklear's place against the Chiefs. Ashworth started 30
regular-season games over the previous three seasons for the New
England Patriots, 27 of them at right tackle.
Coach Mike Holmgren said he "had an inkling" that Locklear
could be suspended sometime this season, but he was surprised by
"Every once in a while I am surprised by what takes place. And
this is one of those," Holmgren said. "But it is what it is."
Locklear was already questionable with a left ankle injury.
Kansas City quarterback Damon Huard, who has been filling in for
injured starter Trent Green, missed practice Friday with a groin
strain. He is listed as questionable. Rookie Brodie Croyle
practiced in his place and would, like Seattle counterpart Seneca
Wallace, be making his first NFL start.
Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said he will decide Sunday if Huard
The Seahawks have already made up their minds.
"Well, I suspect we will get Damon Huard," Holmgren said with
a wry smile.
Engram ran routes with Seattle's practice squad on Friday, his
first scrimmaging since a thyroid condition sidelined him following
the Oct. 1 loss at Chicago. Holmgren said Engram continues to get
fatigued easily as doctors try to slow his accelerated heart rate
"He gets tired -- and he was one of those guys like the
Energizer bunny. He could go all day," Holmgren said. "This is a
new feeling for him, and it's a little uncomfortable for him."
Holmgren said the 11th-year veteran will have more testing on
Monday to determine if Engram could possibly play Nov. 6 against
Oakland. The coach said Engram's availability is a "week-to-week
Engram refused comment until next week.