Seahawks pleased with Hasselbeck's rehab progress

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Matt Hasselbeck's potentially long, dark
offseason keeps getting brighter.

Matt Hasselbeck Hasselbeck

Seattle Seahawks president of football operations Tim Ruskell
said the team is pleased with the progress its 2006 Super Bowl and
Pro Bowl quarterback is making from shoulder surgery last month.

After the Jan. 18 surgery that successfully reattached the torn
labrum cartilage in Hasselbeck's left, non-throwing shoulder,
Ruskell said he didn't expect Hasselbeck to miss the entire

"We are very happy with Matt's rehabilitation," Ruskell said
Monday, between scouting meetings at team headquarters.

Ruskell would not elaborate on what exactly that rehabilitation
currently entails or when Hasselbeck will be back on the field
throwing. Hasselbeck was in Miami for Super Bowl week earlier this
month for promotional appearances while wearing a brace on his left

Immediately after the surgery, the Seahawks said Hasselbeck
"should be ready for training camp at worst, if not before" July.

"We're happy with his rehabilitation -- I'll leave it at that,"
Ruskell said Monday.

Renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.,
repaired the cartilage after Hasselbeck sought a second opinion
following Seahawks doctors advising surgery. Hasselbeck first
injured the shoulder during a Jan. 4, 2004, playoff loss at Green

Pain returned this past season -- and not just in his shoulder.
He also broke two fingers, sprained a knee and missed four games,
and had his worst season since he first as Seahawks starter in
2001. He completed just 56.6 percent of his passes, his lowest rate
in five seasons, and threw 15 interceptions in the regular season.
With three more interceptions in two playoff games, he had his most
over an entire season in his eight-year career.

Ruskell was also busy Monday saying goodbye to Mike Reinfeldt.
Tennessee hired Seattle's vice president of football operations and
salary cap guru to become the Titans' new general manager.

"We are sad to see him leaving the organization. But we are
very happy for what he and his family are about to begin," Ruskell
said of the former Houston Oilers defensive back.