Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck met with us after the afternoon practice in helmet and shells and for the most part said he is not playing on Saturday against Chicago. "I've got a feeling based on reps, but I haven't been told anything," Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck said he would like to play in the game, especially since it is at home, but "it is not my call." He said he is happy for Charlie Frye, though, he has been working hard and he deserves a shot to play in the game. He also said he appreciates the chance for backup QBs to play in the preseason because he used to be the guy who only played in the preseason.
Hasselbeck said his health is fine. He said he had a sore back going to Minnesota and it never really got better. He said he never should have even said anything. The hardest part, he said, was standing around watching.
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Of Bobby Engram, he said that Engram is indeed his security blanket, the guy he really trusts, but it does no good to dwell on the injury or the loss of him. He has to move forward. It is not his call who the next receiver is in line so he is trying to develop a rapport with all of them.
Brandon Mebane is back to barking when he forms up the defensive huddle, always an amusing sound. Wonder if any animals will come calling when they are on Lake Washington at the VMAC.
Justin Forsett and Ben Obomanu were the return men during special teams. While Forsett was trying to catch one kickoff, he caught it high, it hit him in the helmet and broke his mouthpiece off his facemask.
Charlie Frye has improved his exchanges with Steve Vallos, but he did bobble one this afternoon, then almost botched the handoff to Forsett. Dalton Bell did fumble a snap, though I didn't catch who the center was.
Trent Shelton dropped a pass and Brian Russell had an interception in the back of the end zone.