Understandably, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren was in a much better mood during his press conference today.
First, the injury report. Holmgren said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in Los Angeles today getting looked at by back specialist Dr. Watkins, and the team will know more on Tuesday.
"Matt's thing is the same," Holmgren said. "He will rehab during the week. They'll check his strength. And right now it's on a week-to-week basis."
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu has a strained groin, will probably not practice a whole lot this week but should play on Sunday.
Patrick Kerney re-injured the shoulder he had surgery on during the offseason, but most of the strength has returned and if that continues he should be able to go this week. Holmgren said Kerney might rest the first couple days this week.
Deion Branch is still having trouble with pain on his bruised heal and is doubtful for this week.
Holmgren said quarterback Seneca Wallace moved better this week than he did against Tampa Bay. Because of that mobility, along with the team's limited success with the conservative play calling, Holmgren said he decided to open it up and go back to the way he usually calls plays.
"I think he just played with more confidence yesterday," Holmgren said about Seneca's performance. "He felt good. And it comes from playing."
Holmgren also talked about the announcement coming from the University of Washington about football coach Ty Willingham's firing.
"I always saw and knew a side of him that I thought he didn't let a lot of people see," Holmgren said. "And I always told him to smile more. But he's got tremendous integrity. He's just a good man. He's a good man, and I am sorry they couldn't get it going."