Hasselbeck practices Friday
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday against Buffalo.
Hasselbeck had acupuncture treatments for a deep bruise just above his knee. He was hurt on the first play Nov. 14 at St. Louis and missed nine days of practice, as well as last Sunday's 24-17 win over Miami.
"I don't want to minimize what's happened to him, but he had a good day today," coach Mike Holmgren said Friday, adding that Hasselbeck would continue treatments leading up to Sunday's game.
Although not 100 percent, Hasselbeck was eager to return to the field.
"It feels good," he said. "Good enough."
Trent Dilfer completed 14 of 28 passes for 196 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, against the Dolphins.
"Trent did a yeoman's job, but you want all your guys there -- certainly your starting quarterback," Holmgren said. "There really can't be much rust. He's got to come in and pick up right where he left off."
At the time of his injury, Hasselbeck had played in 33 consecutive regular-season games.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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