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Carroll: Hasselbeck hopeful, but still not cleared to play

The always-optimistic Pete Carroll is once again hopeful that he’ll have some players back when his team travels to Arizona to face his division-rival Cardinals this week.

Carroll said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck worked out today, and he’s hopeful that the veteran quarterback will return for practice this week. However, Hasselbeck has not been cleared to play, and the team won’t know if he’s passed tests for his lingering concussion symptoms until Wednesday.

“He had a good workout today, respond well – the best he has,” Carroll said about Hasselbeck. “And looks very good at this point.”

As far as offensive tackle Russell Okung, Carroll said he worked out today, but is still questionable to practice this week.

“He had a good workout today,” Carroll said about Okung. “He’ll be in there again tomorrow and we’ll just go day-to-day. He’s very close, and we’ve seen him come back before from this. And we’re trying to gauge it with that information. This ankle sprain is not nearly the one that he had. And so we’re hopeful and he’s very hopeful that he’ll be able to get back and help us.”

Carroll said Brandon Mebane had a full workout today, and the team expects him to practice on Wednesday and be at full speed.

Both Colin Cole and Golden Tate have high ankle sprains and are still a couple weeks away from practicing.

Carroll talked about Charlie Whitehurst’s performance again after watching the film, and said the Clemson product missed on some opportunities in his first start, but he believes the performance is something to build on.

“It was an extraordinarily difficult team to play against your first time out,” Carroll said about Whitehurst. “I loved that he was poised. He was easy to communicate with during the game. He could talk about what was going on and very clear – that’s a real good attribute. … He missed some opportunities there, and I think that’s what stands out about his game. One, he was clear and he was comfortable with playing. And two, that there were opportunities out there that we know he can convert on. And so I think the upside is all there. It happened to be a very difficult loss in his first start.”