Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck might play Sunday, but Walter Jones is out at least two more games
Seattle quarterback says all players need to "dig deep."
Seattle Times staff reporter
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RENTON — There's plenty of pain involved in Matt Hasselbeck's return from a rib injury, and a whole lot of urgency with the Seahawks 1-3 and preparing for consecutive home games.
"Each guy just has to dig deep right now," Hasselbeck said. "The team has not started off the way that we wanted to, the way that we expected to, but I think more than ever, everybody's just got to do a little bit extra."
For Hasselbeck, that means getting himself ready to play in his first game since suffering a fractured rib on Sept. 20 in San Francisco. He practiced Wednesday for the first time since the injury.
"I'm OK," Hasselbeck said. "Not bad."
Not great, though. Hasselbeck was limited in his participation in practice, splitting time with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.
"It was manageable today," Hasselbeck said.
Coach Jim Mora said there are no promises Hasselbeck will be ready to play Sunday against Jacksonville. Left tackle Walter Jones will not be available. He is not expected to practice until after the team's bye on Oct. 25.
But Seattle is getting healthier with only five starters unable to practice Wednesday because of injury: Jones, linebacker Leroy Hill (groin), tackle Sean Locklear (ankle), guard Rob Sims (ankle) and defensive end Patrick Kerney (groin). Of those five, only Kerney has a chance of playing this week against the Jaguars.
Hasselbeck, however, is the biggest uncertainty for Seattle.
On Monday, he had what he characterized as his worst day since suffering the rib injury. He couldn't throw a football. By Tuesday, he was able to make it through treatment. Wednesday, Hasselbeck made it through practice but split repetitions with Wallace, who has started the past two games.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Hasselbeck's throwing motion looks fine, and that is one of a number of things the coaches will monitor.
"Just overall body language, mechanics, the throws he makes," Knapp said. "Assess the whole situation. His energy was excellent, I felt, for a guy that hadn't practiced in a couple of weeks."
Is it possible to get a read on how likely it is Hasselbeck will be ready to play against Jacksonville?
"Not yet," Knapp said. "We're going to wait each day and reassess."
Hasselbeck declined to talk about the specifics of where the rib injury is located or a television report that oxygenated blood would be injected to the area to help aid the healing.
Still waiting on Jones
The Seahawks hope that rest will solve the pain Jones is feeling in his left knee. Mora said there's no firm date for a decision on whether Jones will be ready to play or will be placed on injured reserve.
"We're talking about a Hall of Famer," Mora said. "There's a lot of factors that go into it. What's best for the team? What kind of respect do you show Walter? If Walter can get back, man, how long do we wait for him? What if we IR'd him and then two weeks later he's ready to go, would you look back and just be sick about it?
"It's a puzzle. It's a puzzle, and we talk about it every day."
The solution to that puzzle does not include bringing in a veteran tackle, even with Jones and Locklear out for the third consecutive game. Starters Brandon Frye and Ray Willis are the only healthy tackles on the 53-man roster, though Kyle Williams and Na'Shan Goddard are on the practice squad.
"If we didn't see it as our best solution then we would make a move," Mora said. "If there was a better solution, then we would. This is the solution we have, and we're going to make it work."
• FB Justin Griffith is expected to play this week after missing the past two games with a knee injury.
• CB Josh Wilson practiced without limitation and is expected to return after missing two games because of an ankle injury.
• LB Lofa Tatupu pledged to match the first $10,000 that fans donate in a drive between the Seahawks and Medical Teams International to aid survivors of last month's Pacific Rim disaster. The three-time Pro Bowler had always wanted to visit his family in American Samoa and talked about traveling to the island with his father, who was born there.
"It's sad if that were to happen anywhere," Tatupu said. "Your heart goes out to whoever it affects. ... Having family over there makes it a tough situation [because] I haven't heard from them." Lofa's father Mosi, who played running back in the NFL from 1978 to 1981, was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Volunteers will be stationed outside Qwest Field and inside the stadium Sunday. Donations can also be made at www.seahawks.com.
Reporter Percy Allen contributed to this story.
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