Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was short and to the point when asked about the status of starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.
“Matt’s probable,” he said.
When asked to expand on the health of his quarterback, after describing the pain he was in on Monday, Mora had this to say.
“I think Matt is a very tough man, physically and mentally,” Mora said. “So I’m not surprised that he was able to have a good week of practice and get stronger every day.”
Mora said he was pleased with the way Hasselbeck managed himself through practice.
“Every day he looked more comfortable, more confident,” Mora said.
Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said he knows what Hasselbeck is going through because he’s had to play with rib injuries throughout his career. Houshmandzadeh said it’s important that the team’s offensive line keeps Seattle’s starting quarterback clean on Sunday.
“He’s healthy enough to play, but if you get hit in the right spot you kind of go back to square one again,” Houshmandzadeh said. “Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but it will help us because he was our starting quarterback for a reason.
“He looked good. But, you know, everybody looks good when you know you ain’t go nobody that’s going to hit you.”
And Houshmandzadeh had a simple solution for keeping Hasselbeck healthy.
“Three-step drop and throw it to me,” Houshmandzadeh said.
Along with Hasselbeck, Justin Griffith (knee), Josh Wilson (ankle) and Lofa Tatupu were full participants in practice and also are probable for Sunday.
Mora said Wilson and Griffith should be ready to go.
Defensive end Patrick Kerney (groin) was a limited participant in practice today and is listed as questionable for this week. However, Mora said the team will evaluate him on game day to see if there’s a chance Kerney is ready.
Kerney did some work on the side today with trainers, but did not suit up for practice.
LB Leroy Hill (groin), OT Walter Jones (knee), OT Sean Locklear (ankle) and OG Rob Sims (ankle) are all out for this week.
For Jacksonville, S Sean Considine (groin) DT Greg Peterson (knee), LB Adam Seward (groin) and CB Scott Starks (hip) are out.
LB Justin Durant (hip), LB Clint Ingram (ankle), DT Derek Landri (wrist) and Tra Thomas (knee) and Maurice Williams (knee) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
Seattle only has six active offensive linemen available for Sunday, so they’ll likely have to make a move similar to what they did last week, when they released Justin Griffith in order to add Kyle Wiliams to the active roster.
“We’re light,” Mora said about the offensive line. So we’ve got to make sure they stay healthy through this game.”
The Seahawks also got some more good news. Cornerback Marcus Trufant was seen on another field during practice sprinting and doing other agility drill work, along with back peddling up hill as he readies for a potential Nov. 1 return.
Mora said he was pleased to see Trufant moving well today.
“Watching him stride out here today and run that hill, he looked good to me,” Mora said. “So we’ll see what they say.”
Mora also addressed the recent news about the $20,000 in fines Aaron Curry earned in the first three games.
“We’re not even in the top 10 in the league in fines,” Mora said. “So we’re not too worried about it. I can’t give you the statistics. I’d probably get in trouble if I did. But I have a hunch fines are up around the league.”
Mora also noted that Curry hasn’t been penalized on the field for any of the plays he received fines for.