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Hasselbeck could play with broken rib

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who looked for a moment on Sunday like Fred Sanford upon the arrival of “the big one,” might be able to play on Sunday despite having a broken rib.

I’ll defer to the doctors and Matt,” coach Jim Mora said Wednesday.  “If the doctors look at me and say
‘Jim, Matt’s good to go,’ and Matt looks me in the eye and says ‘I’m
going,’ then you know what?  Matt Hasselbeck is going.  Because we’re trying to win.”

Though much of the question of whether a guy will play with a broken rib depends on his ability to tolerate the pain, there’s point where safety is involved.  For Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, for example, his displaced rib fracture put him at risk of a punctured lung if he had played last week.

But even if Hasselbeck won’t be playing, it makes sense for Mora to hint that he might.  Otherwise, the Bears won’t be spending time preparing to face Hasselbeck, and in turn diluting the amont of time they devote to game-planning for backup Seneca Wallace.

Beyond the Hasselbeck situation, Mora said that the total injuries the Seahawks are experiencing represents the worst situation he has seen in 26 years of football.

So, basically, Mora already has his “why I shouldn’t be fired” presentation prepared for the meeting with owner Paul Allen that possibly would follow another season of failed expectations in Seattle.

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14 Responses to “Hasselbeck could play with broken rib”
  1. OrtonsNeckBeard says: Sep 24, 2009 10:14 AM

    Playing with a cracked rib is tough but will seem mighty stupid the first time Anderson and Ogunleye do a pile on after a sack.

  2. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Sep 24, 2009 10:36 AM

    You know, if a team has a bunch of injuries year after year, you have to start to wonder what is going on. Some teams don’t have a lot of injuries any year (even if they aren’t fudging the report), other teams have numerous season ending or at least missing several games injuries every year. At some point that stops being an excuse for not winning and is a sign of a deeper problem.

  3. TheDPR says: Sep 24, 2009 10:36 AM

    Awesome Sanford and Son reference, Florio.

  4. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 24, 2009 10:41 AM

    So, basically, Mora already has his “why I shouldn’t be fired” presentation prepared…
    Because in Florio’s work, anytime you talk about injuries or something similair, its excuses for present or for future failure. Is there any doubt that Florio was a lawyer for most of his professional life and has not played a down in the NFL or possibly college, high school or pee-wee?

  5. Kodiakal Karnage says: Sep 24, 2009 10:48 AM

    “…and Matt looks me in the eye and says ‘I’m going,’ then you know what? Matt Hasselbeck is going. Because we’re trying to win.”
    The implication being that if they go with Seneca Wallace then they’re trying to LOSE.
    In this case, either way, Bears benefit from poor Seattle’s injury epidemic.
    I like the Seahawks, but they must’ve pissed off a gypsy or something for all the injuries/bad luck they’ve had the past two years.

  6. AnnoyedAtIdiots says: Sep 24, 2009 10:58 AM

    Their new state of the art facility (VMAC) was built on an Indian burial ground.

  7. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 24, 2009 11:04 AM

    Playing with a cracked rib is tough but will seem mighty stupid the first time Anderson and Ogunleye do a pile on after a sack.
    ———
    Alex Brown has had decent pass rushes as well.
    Just get Tommie Harris to join that pile up and Matty will head to the sidelines.
    With Bears pass rush improving after two decent games I would pick a different team to return against.

  8. Citizen Strange says: Sep 24, 2009 11:27 AM

    Any word on the status of Hasselbeck’s taint?

  9. danlinker says: Sep 24, 2009 12:02 PM

    I would LOVE IT if Seattle runs him out there against the Bears. Please do so.
    But I think it’s just a bluff.

  10. Hauschild says: Sep 24, 2009 12:05 PM

    The bigger question is how in the world Seneca Wallace manages to keep that stranglehold on the backup QB position in Seattle?
    Hasslebeck has become a walking infirmary that the last few years and Wallace isn’t even backup material. Seattle must not be too keen on playoff football, which is kinduva waste since they have a pretty decent squad.

  11. TheDPR says: Sep 24, 2009 12:20 PM

    Look for Justin Forsett to become the league’s next Brian Westbrook at best, the next Warrick Dunn at worst.

  12. bearsrule says: Sep 24, 2009 12:30 PM

    Crying about injuries in the NFL is bush league. The Seahawks organization isn’t bush league, but Jim Mora is. I hope Hasseback doesn’t play, but to hear this drivel from Mora is pathetic.

  13. FumbleNuts says: Sep 24, 2009 12:50 PM

    I think they should give Mike Teel Hasselbeck’s game jersey and let him play.

  14. AnnoyedAtIdiots says: Sep 24, 2009 1:27 PM

    Hauschild says:
    “The bigger question is how in the world Seneca Wallace manages to keep that stranglehold on the backup QB position in Seattle?”
    ____________________________________
    Well he did throw 11TD’s and only 3INT’s during his stint as Seattle’s starter last year. I suppose that might have something to do with it.

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