Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck likely to rest

August, 22, 2008
8/22/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks expect to rest starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck during the exhibition game Monday night at San Diego. Hasselbeck has a sore back, but he was much better today, coach Mike Holmgren said. Charlie Frye gets the start for a second consecutive week. Second-team quarterback Seneca Wallace has been dealing with a groin injury.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals expect Oakland to test them Saturday night. The Raiders are known for blitzing and playing aggressive defense during the fake games. I've seen this first-hand covering exhibition games in Oakland.

Bill Coats of Around the Horns wonders how much pounding Steven Jackson can take upon returning from a holdout. Also, depth in the Rams' secondary has been a problem while Oshiomogho Atogwe and Fakhir Brown recover from injuries.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers provides more detail on the decision to name J.T. O'Sullivan the starting quarterback. The team has no plans to release Alex Smith, and ownership had no say in the QB decision.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee supplies background on how O'Sullivan emerged as the starter despite looking like an afterthought early in camp.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer steals my thunder with a Seahawks roster analysis. Highlights: Logan Payne, Jordan Kent and Michael Bumpus on the bubble at receiver; Justin Forsett and T.J. Duckett on the bubble at running back; Floyd Womack among the keepers on the offensive line; Howard Green as a keeper on the defensive line, but Jason Babin and Baraka Atkins on the bubble; and David Hawthorne on the bubble at linebacker. I might have listed Womack on the bubble, but we'll see.

Also from Farnsworth: Highlights from practice Friday, including evidence that Lofa Tatupu is rounding into top form.

Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian provides an artist's rendition of the Seahawks' new headquarters, complete with detailed directions to the media workroom.

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