'Unusual' injury could sideline Hasselbeck

ST. LOUIS -- Passing along what I'm hearing from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on the radio while sitting in the pressbox at the Edward Jones Dome:

  • Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will not practice this week after suffering an "unusual" hip injury while crossing the goal line on his touchdown run during a 38-15 road defeat to the Tampa Bay Bucs.

  • The team will prepare Charlie Whitehurst to start the game. A decision on Hasselbeck will not be made until the end of the week.

  • Carroll said he is "concerned" about how the team looked Sunday, an indication the Seahawks might have let down once they knew the game meant nothing in the standings. Carroll said he knew the St. Louis Rams had won, thereby rendering the Seattle-Tampa Bay game irrelevant, but he said he did not discuss it with the team.

  • Hasselbeck's injury was a non-contact injury to an unspecified muscle that rarely gets injured, according to Carroll.

Carroll probably will not reveal much more before Wednesday. At least Whitehurst will get a full week of practices, which could leave him better prepared for the game if needed.