A number of issues were covered in Mike Holmgren's press conference, which was pushed ahead to Tuesday because of the Thursday game.
First, Chris Spencer is missing practice today because of his sore back. Steve Vallos is standing in for Spencer, who is questionable for the Thanksgiving Day game.
Also, Holmgren said he does not expect Mike Wahle back until the New England game. That was pretty much it on the injury front.
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Holmgren also admitted that Matt Hasselbeck was was dinged up at the end of the Arizona game, when he threw that interception on the last drive. Holmgren said he didn't know it at the time. He said he had a discussion with him before the series, but Matt answered a question coherently and Holmgren never knew he wasn't right. He later found out he was "dinged up," though it never was deemed a concussion. That he was vomiting on the sidelines after the game could mean several things, but Holmgren's point was that that interception is different than the one he threw against Washington, when Holmgren said he tried to do too much to make a play.
Regarding Hasselbeck's future, Holmgren was adamant that he still is a good QB. He said you can't discount the fact that he is even playing. Holmgren said he has seen some players just cash it in at this point of the season, but Hasselbeck is doing a lot just to play at a time that he clearly does not need to be playing.
Holmgren said the coaches stayed late last night to prepare for the short week, and the coaches and players will stay late tonight. But, he said, there is only so much you can stuff into a player before it becomes overload, and so they are limited by that. They will have to rely on principles and practices beyond that.
Holmgren said they discussed having a team-wide Thanksgiving meal tonight, but then, Holmgren said, "I found out the guys would rather have catfish and wings."
Julius Jones will start Sunday's game, and Holmgren said that a part of that decision has to do with Jones having motivation playing against his former team. He said he honestly is not trying to mess with Jones' or Morris' heads, but that he is trying to be fair in doling out time and carries.
I asked Holmgren how the secondary combats the size of TO and Roy Williams, and he didn't really have an answer. I would say he equivocated.
Practice starts in a bit. We'll have info from there once it's done.