RENTON – He’s been in this spot before.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told reporters on Monday that medical tests confirmed that he suffered a fractured rib after taking a vicious hit from San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in his team’s 23-10 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
Hasselbeck said he has played with the injury before during his time as a Seahawk, and plans to attempt to do the same thing this week.
“I’m absolutely hoping to play, absolutely,” Hasselbeck said.
Seattle coach Jim Mora would not provide the probability of his starting quarterback playing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, saying only that he would monitor his progress throughout the week and then make a decision.
“I’d just have to hear it from him, really, and see it in his eyes that he’s ready to go,” Mora said. “It’s probably premature to even discuss where he’ll be on Sunday, because I don’t know. We’ll hope for the best, and we’ll see where we are Sunday.”
Mora said the team has not discussed whether they will bring in another quarterback should Hasselbeck not be ready on Sunday.
Hasselbeck said he couldn’t breathe after the hit. He struggled getting off the field, eventually crumpling to the ground as trainers came to his aid. Hasselbeck eventually left the field under his own power and received an X-ray at the stadium, which came back negative. Hasselbeck was later transported to Stanford Medical Center because team officials were concerned about the possibility he suffered a damaged lung. He had an electrocardiogram test and a CT scan at the facility. The scan revealed the broken rib.
If Hasselbeck can’t play on Sunday, backup quarterback Seneca Wallace will get the start.
OT Frye gets the call
Only with the team for two weeks, offensive tackle Brandon Frye found himself playing as the team’s starting left tackle when Sean Locklear suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half on Sunday. The team added Frye to the active roster when they made the final cut on Sept. 5.
Frye got a quick primer on the Seahawks’ offensive system, then served as the backup tackle in the team’s first game against St. Louis.
Frye said fellow tackle Walter Jones told him to be ready on Sunday.
“You just always have to be ready and prepare as if you’re going to play every play,” Frye said.
Mora said the fact that he didn’t notice Frye out there was a good thing.
“He wasn’t perfect,” Mora said. “There were some things that he’s got to do better, but I thought that he went in and he did fine. He wasn’t noticeable. Sometimes being an offensive lineman, that’s the best thing they can say about you.”
Mora said center Chris Spencer (quad), Walter Jones and wide receiver Deion Branch are expected to fully participate in practice this week and could be available for the Chicago game. Locklear and cornerback Josh Wilson suffered high ankle sprains against San Francisco and could be out for an extended period of time. Fullback Justin Griffith suffered an MCL knee sprain and will be monitored this week.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu aggravated his hamstring injury and could miss the game against the Bears. Brandon Mebane, who missed last week’s game with a strained calf, also will work to return to practice this week. ... With Wilson out, Seattle only has three healthy cornerbacks and might look to bring in a defensive back this week, or perhaps activate cornerback Roy Lewis from the practice squad.
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