Friday, January 5, 2007
Itula Mili's NFL career may be over
KIRKLAND -- Itula Mili's NFL career might have come to an unceremonious end Friday.
The Seahawks waived the veteran tight end, so rookie wide receiver Ben Obomanu could be signed to the 53-man roster for Saturday night's playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qwest Field.
Mili did not play in the last five regular-season games after receiving a severe concussion in the Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
He was not available for comment Friday, but Mili recently talked about the seriousness of his injury and how it had him thinking that this might be his final season.
"Taking a shot like that really, really put things in perspective," Mili said. "I love the game to death, but something like this makes you stop and think."
Mili had a concussion in 2003, but it was nothing like the one he received when a Packers player drove his helmet into Mili's chin.
"It really is scary when you get a big one like that," he said. "It took longer to get back than I thought. I always thought, ‘Yeah, I'll get back in there, I'm pretty tough.' But when your brain tells you it's hurting, you cannot tell it to hurry up."
Mili was a sixth-round draft choice in 1997, and set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end in 2003 with 46. Overall, the Hawaiian-born Mili caught 163 passes for 1,739 yards and 13 touchdowns.