Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said his left wrist feels fine after practicing on Wednesday. He still has his left wrist in a splint to protect the injury, two cracked bones in his wrist. But he doesn’t believe the injury will limit his production against New Orleans on Sunday.
“I can do everything,” Hasselbeck said. “There’s no limitation. I didn’t take active snaps yesterday just to let the swelling go down, or whatever. But I’m really not in that much pain at all. Actually, I feel like I dodged a bullet. I’m not that concerned about it at all.”
Hasselbeck said the left wrist hurt last Sunday against Arizona, but the adrenaline of the game allowed him to get through and finish.
As far as the way the offensive performed last week against the Cardinals, Hasselbeck said the offensive unit has been affected by all the new personnel on that side of the ball, but that they could be finally hitting their stride.
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“I’ve been on teams here where we’ve started to click at the right time,” Hasselbeck said. “And that’s going to be important again this season. And I think we’ve got the ingredients for it if we stay healthy and keep improving. Mike Williams is playing huge for us. I think our running backs are ready to go, and ready to have a breakout game for us.”
Hasselbeck was asked if he felt like this was a spotlight game, playing against the defending Super Bowl champions on the road at New Orleans.
The Seahawks do not have a Sunday night, Monday night or Thursday night game for a second straight season.
“I’m not really feeling the spotlight, not at all,” he said. “I remember it. I remember what it was like. And it felt pretty much the same – more cameras. I know some guys care about that a lot, and I know other guys don’t. For me personally, it doesn’t matter.”
Hasselbeck also said the team voted unanimously to decertify the union in case there is a lockout, which allows individual players to pursue legal action against the league. The Seahawks are one of several NFL teams to do that over the past, several weeks.
Seahawks players also voted for a new union representative. T.J. Houshmandzadeh was Seattle’s union representative, and Deon Grant was the alternate last year, with Hasselbeck the second alternate.
This year the players voted offensive lineman Chester Pitts as the team’s representative, with Lawyer Milloy as the alternate and Hasselbeck as the second alternate.
Hasselbeck said because of the Saints’ willingness to blitz, there should be opportunities for big plays in the passing game, similar to last week against Arizona.
“There’s going to be opportunities there because of their aggressive nature,” he said. “And we’ll see. That’s why you play the game. It’s going to be a challenge. We’ve got to do it on the road at their place with the crowd noise. I can’t imagine a tougher scenario, but it’s okay. I think we’re excited to try.”