Seahawks prepare QB Charlie Whitehurst to start
Posted by Danny O'Neil
RENTON -- Tarvaris Jackson was on the practice field Wednesday, but it was backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst the Seahawks were preparing to start Sunday in Cleveland.
"We've got to get Charlie ready to play," coach Pete Carroll said.
That was the strongest indication of Seattle's plans at quarterback. Jackson is recovering from a high-grade strain of his right pectoral muscle, and while he is coming back quicker than initial estimates by the Seahawks' trainers, there's no firm timeline for him to return in time for Sunday's game.
In fact, Whitehurst is expected to take the majority of the snaps with the first-unit offense this week with backup Josh Portis also getting some work.
Jackson has been able to play catch, but it's not clear when he'll begin throwing in competitive situations against a defense.
"He's doing better," Carroll said of Jackson. "He's encouraged. He has done a lot of stuff. Hopefully, he will be handing the ball off and doing some things in practice just to get back going again."
Whitehurst replaced Jackson after he was injured in the third quarter of Seattle's victory at New York. Whitehurst started two games last season, and the Seahawks went 1-1 in those games.
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