Hasselbeck not practicing, still likely for Sunday

BY foxsports • December 10, 2009

This season, Wednesday has become quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's routine day for rest. And he has almost as many aches as weeks in the season.

The battered 34-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl passer sat out another practice with a sore throwing shoulder, but coach Jim Mora said Hasselbeck is probable to start for the Seahawks on Sunday at Houston.

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"He's just sore," Mora said, before backup Seneca Wallace ran the offense through practice. "Nothing structurally wrong, and he should be back out there (Thursday)."

Mora called Hasselbeck's soreness a product of "wear and tear."

There's been plenty of both this season.

Sunday, Hasselbeck was hit by San Francisco's Dashon Goldson at the end of a third-down scramble in the third quarter. The quarterback was on his back for a tense moment with a doctor and trainer over him. Yet he finished Seattle's win and even was 12 for 13 passing after the injury.

"I just needed a minute," he said about the scare.

It was the second time this season Hasselbeck got hurt trying to run against the 49ers. Patrick Willis broke the quarterback's ribs on his dive for the goal line on Sept. 20, and he was rushed to Stanford Medical Center for fears of heart or lung problems.

He missed two games, then admitted he returned before he was fully healthy, with the aid of painkilling injections after Seahawks doctors determined he wouldn't damage the ribs any more by playing. Then he banged his throwing shoulder while making a tackle on an interception early in a game against Detroit on Nov. 8.

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