Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said he's not willing to say his team will play the role of spoiler for the rest of the season. However, there was a sense of resignation in his voice as he addressed reporters during his regular Monday press conference.
"The situation is what it is," Holmgren said he told his players today. "Now let's do what we can to overcome some of this. And as I've said before, I'm very proud of the job they're doing that way."
The good news for Holmgren is quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who missed five weeks with a bulging disk in his back that caused a weakness in his right knee, is expected to start on Sunday against Arizona, barring in setbacks during practice this week.
The same goes for wide receiver Deion Branch, who could have played against Miami on Sunday, but remained inactive because Holmgren had concerns about how the wide receiver rotation might be affected if Branch went down again.
Holmgren said if Branch makes it through practice this week he'll start as well.
Holmgren also said with the drops at receiver that there might be other changes to the wide receiver rotation.
"It could happen," Holmgren said. "We could have some changes there."
Keary Colbert, who had two key drops against Miami, talked to reporters today and seemed sincere in his disappointment with his play against the Dolphins.
"It's not a secret that we left some plays out there as a team," Colbert said. "We've just got to continue to focus and get ready for this next week at hand, and try to win us a ball game. We can't really dwell on it now that it's over. We just have to move forward and grow and try not to let it happen again."
You can listen to the full conversation with Colbert here.
It's a good thing Hasselbeck can play on Sunday, because Seneca Wallace might not be able to play. Holmgren said Wallace is still dealing with some soreness after playing through a groin injury on Sunday.
Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack (foot) should be ready to go on Sunday, but Holmgren said they'll have to take a look at how Ray Willis played in order to determine who will start at right guard.
Leonard Weaver (bruised ribs) also is questionable for this week.
On playing against NFC West rival Arizona, Holmgren noted that the roles have switched, with the Cardinals leading the division and the Seahawks battling to climb the ladder. However, regardless of position, the games have always been competitive.
"We've always put a little extra emphasis on our division," Holmgren said. "And now the fact that we're running up hill, it was talked about. And it will be talked about all week."