Safety Deon Grant continues to show that he’s a tough guy, and plans on making it on the field on Sunday.
Grant has a 138 consecutive games started streak going, dating back to his second year in the league at Carolina in 2001, starting every game since then. And Grant doesn’t plan on it stopping on Sunday against St. Louis.
After seeing a hand specialist on Tuesday, Grant said he suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist and a chipped bone in his hand. He plans on wearing a club cast on his left hand for games that will not allow his fingers to be free.
Grant said it shouldn’t be a problem for him to play that way, and that he’s played with that type of cast before. However, some people close to Grant advised him that he should season-ending surgery to fix the issue, but Grant said in his mind he always feels that he should play, and never thought about not getting on the field.
Grant was a full participant in practice, along with Craig Terrill (shoulder) and Chris Spencer (thumb).
Defensive tackle Cory Redding (knee) was a limited participant in practice. And Running back Julius Jones (bruised lung) and DT Red Bryant (knee) did not participate in practice.
For St. Louis, QB Marc Bulger (knee) is out.
RB Steven Jackson (back), FB Mike Karney (neck), OT Jason Smith (concussion), OG Richie Incognito (foot) and P Donnie Jones (illness) did not participate in practice.
LB Chris Chamberlain (concussion) was a limited participant in practice.
Quarterback Hasselbeck was asked about the team’s performance at the end of the 2002 season, when the Seahawks won the last, three games to finish at 7-9 that year. That late-season run eventually served as momentum for the team’s 10-6 in 2003.
“It was a fun time, but we also weren’t a very good football team,” Hasselbeck said. “Our numbers were very good at the end of the year. Third down we were great. Our yards were great. But when we got good a few years later, our yards were down, the touchdowns were down, the catches were down but we were a better team.”
Hasselbeck said the team developed an offensive identity that season, and he also began to develop a rapport with receiver Bobby Engram that lasted for the rest of the veteran receiver’s tenure in Seattle.
Asked to compare that situation with this season, Hasselbeck said this year is different.
“I think it’s a different situation,” Hasselbeck said. “That year, our defense just couldn’t stop anybody that year, and we just were really young. And I think it’s a different situation. I think we’ve got the talent here. We’ve just got to get better. Every person has just got to get a little bit better.”
Hasselbeck stayed after practice working with receivers Nate Burleson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch on timing routes, as he continues to try and develop a better rapport with the receivers. Hasselbeck said he’s still working on perfecting that timing with the receiving corps, something he had developed with Engram over their years of offseason and in-season work together.
“I think it something that needs to be done,” he said. “We’re kind of making up for lost time there. That wasn’t a huge part of what we did this offseason, and it probably should have been. It wasn’t a huge part of what we did this training camp.
“Looking back, I wish we would have. And there was a lot of missed time there when I broke my ribs. And so I’d like to get back to doing that stuff with those guys, and they’re willing.”
Hasselbeck went on to say part of that is figuring out what routes each receiver runs well.