Monday, September 21, 2009
Hasselbeck's ribs and other painful matters
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Seahawks are not sure whether Matt Hasselbeck will be available for Week 3. They have released no new information.
We might find out more from coach Jim Mora during his news conference this afternoon, but Adam Schefter is reporting the injury as a "fracture," while saying the team remains optimistic and unsure about his availability for Week 3.
Rib injuries are painful and Hasselbeck's status could remain uncertain from week to week. Quarterbacks have played with broken ribs. We need more specific information before determining whether Hasselbeck might miss any games.
The Seahawks could be better off with Seneca Wallace at full strength than with Hasselbeck at a diminished capacity. The new coaching staff has incorporated more quarterback movement into the offense. I think the staff could play to Wallace's strengths if given a full week to prepare a game plan with him at quarterback.
Previous coach Mike Holmgren was more reliant on a rigid offensive system. Adjusting to injuries and other personnel changes could be problematic. We've already seen the Seahawks' offensive line function at a higher level after losing key players. Perhaps Wallace could get Seattle to its bye with a 2-2 record.
Given injuries to Hasselbeck and so many others, the Seahawks badly need to beat the Bears at home in Week 3 before heading to Indianapolis in Week 4 and, mercifully, the bye in Week 5.
Seattle could be without 12 projected and actual starters. Hasselbeck, Walter Jones, Sean Locklear, Chris Spencer, Deion Branch, Brandon Mebane, Leroy Hill, Lofa Tatupu, Marcus Trufant and Josh Wilson are among those injured. Fullback Justin Griffith also appeared to suffer an injury Sunday, while guard Mike Wahle retired as training camp opened. Mora should have plenty to talk about this afternoon.