Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said even if quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a broken rib against San Francisco, doesn’t practice this week he could play on Sunday.
Bears head coach Lovie Smith said he hasn’t had a player who has suffered a broken rib play the next week during his coaching career, including tight end Desmond Clark, who suffered a broken rib in the team’s first game of the season and did not play against Pittsburgh. Smith suggested Hasselbeck take a more conservative approach.
“If I was Matt I would just take a few weeks off,” Joked Smith. “There’s a lot of football left to go.”
Of course, Hasselbeck wants to be on the field and will try to play on Sunday if doctors give him the OK. Seattle has a capable backup in Seneca Wallace, who is 5-7 as a starter. But a healthy Hasselbeck probably gives the team the best chance to win.
So Mora will have a tough choice on Sunday – go with your starter who’s not 100 percent, or with your healthy backup.
The TNT’s Ryan Divish writes about cornerback Kelly Jennings’ improved play. Jennings will get the start at cornerback with Josh Wilson out with a high ankle sprain.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports that the only quarterback offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has played after suffering a broken rib is Steve Young while he was with the San Francisco 49ers.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com is ready to anoint Justin Forsett the Seahawks starting tailback.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com reports on middle linebacker David Hawthorne. Nicknamed “The heater” Hawthorne says he’s ready to fill the big shoes of Lofa Tatupu in the middle.
More Johns: Mora implores the 12th man to stand up on Sunday.
Rod Mar of Seahawks. com offers these photos from Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down the play where Hasselbeck injured his ribs and debates whether or not the veteran quarterback should have slid or thrown the ball away in that situation. Wyman believes Hasselbeck made the right choice.
Seneca Wallace talks with KJR’s Mitch Levy about the possibility of starting this week in this audio link.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness in our weekly segment about the issues concerning the Seahawks this week in this audio link.
Dave Boling of TNT talks with KJR’s Elise Woodward about the Seahawks in this audio link. Chicago Bears
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh felt disrespected by Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo, who felt Housh wasn’t worth the money and did not pursue his services in free agency.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune says the Bears are preparing as if Wallace will start at quarterback.
More McClure: Despite the slow start, the Bears are still confident in running back Matt Forte.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times also writes about the Bears running game getting back on track.