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Originally published December 11, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Page modified December 12, 2009 at 4:38 PM

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Forsett will get more carries for Seahawks

Coach Jim Mora said he expects running back Justin Forsett's role to expand Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Seattle Times staff reporter


Seattle @ Houston, 10 a.m., Ch. 13


Seattle's depth chart at running back hasn't necessarily changed, but the division of labor will.

Coach Jim Mora said he expects running back Justin Forsett's role to expand Sunday against the Houston Texans.

"Are we going to see more of Justin?" Mora asked. "The answer is yes, absolutely. He's not limited. He had a good week of practice, and he didn't have any setbacks. And we like the things that he has been doing. And we want to increase his role."

Forsett rushed for more than 120 yards in two of Seattle's last three games in November, but he suffered a strained quadriceps in practice two days before Seattle played San Francisco. That injury partly explained why he carried only five times (for 9 yards) against the 49ers. He did catch a 8-yard touchdown pass, though, scoring for the fifth time in four games.

Julius Jones carried 20 times for 67 yards. He had missed the two previous games because of a bruised lung.

So who starts now that both running backs are available?

"It depends on what personnel group we're in," Mora said.

Mora said the game will dictate who ends up getting most of the work.

"We'll see as the game goes on," he said. "It depends on what plays we're dialing up, what personnel groups are in."

Forsett began this season as Seattle's third-down back, utilized almost exclusively out of one-back formations while Jones was the starter and backup Edgerrin James taking every third series or so. Forsett moved to backup after James was released in early November.

Tuesdays with Matt

Players generally get Tuesdays off in the NFL.

Most players, anyway.

But Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck spends the lunch hour with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, watching game film and discussing strategy.

"It has helped us get on the same page faster," Knapp said. "And I'm getting a feel for what he's really comfortable with."

Hasselbeck agreed.

"I ask less questions now than I did early on," he said. "Because I think we've got a feel for each other."

This is a year of transition for Seattle's offense, and Hasselbeck in particular, who had played for one coach the past eight seasons. Changing the Seahawks offense wasn't entirely easy for the quarterback.

"I was hesitant and a little nervous almost," Hasselbeck said. "Just nervous like, with the feeling of, 'Why do we have to change?' at first. That was my initial [reaction]: 'Why do we have to change so much?'

"But more than anything, I think it's been a great experience just learning, just learning from a guy who's got a lot of wisdom and a lot of experience."


• Linebacker D.D. Lewis is questionable because of a sore knee, which he had drained earlier this week. He did not play last week. He is the only Seahawk whose status is in doubt as defensive end Cory Redding is expected to return after missing last week's game with a concussion.

• Defensive end Mario Williams of Houston is listed as questionable because of a groin injury that kept him from practicing. Williams, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006, leads Houston with six sacks.

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