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Hasselbeck's return and the QB picture

Head coaches have their own styles and phraseology. Sometimes it takes time to get a feel for what a coach is really saying.

The optimistic, high-energy approach Pete Carroll brings to the job as Seattle Seahawks coach seems to influence his take on injuries. He has so far erred on the side of optimism.

Carroll left little doubt Wednesday, however, about Matt Hasselbeck's chances for starting against Arizona after missing one game with a concussion. Hasselbeck has been cleared to practice, Carroll told reporters, and the team fully expects its veteran quarterback to start in Week 10.

The team re-signed veteran backup J.P. Losman as insurance after running dangerously low on depth at quarterback last week. Setting aside three roster spots for quarterbacks -- one more than usual for this team under Carroll -- becomes easier to do now that Seattle is getting players back from injuries.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and left tackle Tyler Polumbus are returning this week. Russell Okung will try to return.