QB Matt Hasselbeck could return to practice late this week, but the Seahawks do not expect him to play until the following week at the earliest. Hasselbeck's sprained right knee appears to be healing on schedule. The Seahawks are in a good position on this one because backup QB Seneca Wallace is performing competently. Seattle needs its ground game to pick up where it left off against the Raiders. A victory over the Rams on Sunday -- without Hasselbeck and RB Shaun Alexander -- would go a long way in determining the NFC West race. Seattle would be 6-3 with a sweep over its primary division rival. Getting Hasselbeck and, eventually, Alexander back on the field could facilitate a late-season push. That would be the best-case scenario for the Hawks.