Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked to reporters this afternoon after head coach Jim Mora’s press conference.
He seemed in good spirits for someone who just suffered a fractured rib, and said he actually feels okay.
“I have definitely felt worse,” he said. “What I have is a painful injury, but I definitely have woken up on a Monday feeling worse. I don’t feel that bad, and that’s very encouraging.”
Hasselbeck then stated his intention on playing against Chicago on Sunday, and also said he’s played with a similar injury before during his time with the team.
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“I’m absolutely hoping to play, absolutely,” Hasselbeck said. “I don’t know. That was the question I asked our medical staff, that I asked our doctors, and we didn’t have a whole lot of information last night when I talked to them. And there’s more information this week, so we’re focused on just trying to get better as quick as possible. So I’m hopeful.”
Hasselbeck said on the play he injured his rib, he couldn’t breathe, and was trying to get off the field in order to get Seneca Wallace in the game so the Seahawks could complete the drive with a score.
Hasselbeck said that’s why his face was red -- he wasn’t getting any air.
“I was trying to get off the field because I didn’t want us to have to waste a timeout,” he said. “And our trainers like three of them, tackled me.”
On the scramble to get into the end zone, this is what Hasselbeck had to say.
“I was trying to score a touchdown, trying to get close,” Hasselbeck said. “I think we had a minute to go. It’s a situation we’ve worked on. We don’t want to leave any time on the clock. The play was designed to go to John (Carlson) or T.J. (Houshmandzadeh), and you know, it just didn’t happen. Those guys were covered.
“There was a crease, and I thought maybe I could get in. And Patrick Willis came in from the backside, and had he not touched me I maybe would have scored.”
Hasselbeck said he’ll treat and rehab his injury this week, but is approaching this Sunday like he will play.
“Especially with the amount of guys we have banged up, I think that’s just an important part of any football team, is guys to realize the difference between pain and injury, and just give the team everything you got,” he said. “And put it in the coaches hands to decide who gives us our best chance to win this week, or what’s the best thing to do. But as a player, that’s not your call. Your job is to just go out there and give them what you got.”
Listen to a snippet of the conversation with Hasselbeck here.
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