Seahawks could get Hasselbeck back

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks expect Matt Hasselbeck to practice Wednesday for the first time since 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis tackled Hasselbeck and fractured the quarterback's rib in Week 2.

That was the word Monday afternoon from coach Jim Mora, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports.

Mora declined to say whether Hasselbeck would play against the Jaguars in Week 5. The Seahawks face a critical two-game homestand before their bye in Week 7.

Getting Hasselbeck back on the field could be easier than keeping him there. The Seahawks are without both starting offensive tackles. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace has used his mobility to avoid immediate pressure in recent weeks.

The Seahawks figure to be without left guard Rob Sims, who suffered an ankle injury against the Colts in Week 4. And starting defensive end Patrick Kerney will be doubtful this week after suffering a groin injury Sunday.

Having Hasselbeck, Kerney and left tackle Walter Jones healthy were three key variables for Seattle this season. Hasselbeck has missed two-plus games. Jones has not played since last season. Kerney might now miss time.

The Seahawks will have a hard time getting to .500, in my view, without more from those players.