Mora says nothing wrong structurally
RENTON, Wash. -- Matt Hasselbeck didn't fully practice with the Seahawks Wednesday because of a sore shoulder and healing ribs, though he will start Sunday's key divisional game at Arizona.
Coach Jim Mora reiterated before Hasselbeck shared some first-team snaps with backup Seneca Wallace that there is nothing structurally wrong with Hasselbeck's throwing shoulder.
The three-time Pro Bowl passer broke his ribs on Sept. 20. Mora said he first injured the shoulder while getting hit two weeks ago at Dallas. Hasselbeck reinjured it making a tackle following an interception he threw to begin Sunday's game against the Lions.
"No, it's not 100 percent," Mora said. But the coach downplayed this latest injury to the 34-year-old Hasselbeck, Seattle's most indispensable player.
"When you're a quarterback in this league, you take some [hits]. He'd taken a shot against Dallas. He was sore," Mora said. "So he had to manage his way through the [Lions] game.
"He did a nice job really not letting on to the fact that he was hurt, and did a great job of working the check downs and the short, intermediate routes. We really didn't take any shots down the field because it would have been tough for him to do."
This is how well Hasselbeck managed his latest injury: He broke his own team record with 39 completions, in 51 attempts, while rallying Seattle from 17-0 down to beat Detroit.
Tackle Sean Locklear practiced. He hasn't played since he sustained a high right ankle sprain in Week 2 at San Francisco, the same day Hasselbeck broke his ribs. Locklear was active for the first time since then last weekend, though he did not play.
Mora said the team will wait to see how Locklear comes out of a week's worth of practice before determining how much he will play against the Cardinals, who lead the Seahawks (3-5) by two games in the NFC West.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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