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Hasselbeck had hip/thigh drained on Saturday night

As Seahawks quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck prepares to attempt to finagle what would be a huge upset at Soldier Field against the Bears, Rachel Nichols of ESPN reports that Hasselbeck had 15 cc’s of fluid drained from his injured hip/thigh area on Saturday night, with a 14-gauge needle.

Hasselbeck played eight days ago against the Saints, but he missed the Week 17 NFC West none-of-the-above title game.

The veteran quarterback did not appear on the injury report this week.  We’d wonder how big the needle would have had to be in order to result in Hasselbeck appearing on the report as virtually certain to be available for normal duties, i.e., probable.

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8 Responses to “Hasselbeck had hip/thigh drained on Saturday night”
  1. nflfan877 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:05 PM

    Still would take Hasselbeck over Cutler in a playoff game.

  2. Phintastic says: Jan 16, 2011 12:10 PM

    Relax…. That is slightly less than a tablspoon of fluid. No need to add him to the injury report. He will probably bleed and spit more than that on the field today.

  3. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 12:11 PM

    nflfan877 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:05 PM

    Still would take Hasselbeck over Cutler in a playoff game.

    When I first read this I completely dismissed it. And then I thought to myself “wait, wow. He’s right. It’s sad, but he’s right.”

  4. mcsteeler says: Jan 16, 2011 12:16 PM

    There’s no reference for size at all in that picture…and it’s actually the smallest of the 3 needles featured on the linked site. Nice

  5. randolph32 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:22 PM

    Only time will tell….

  6. yuffie03 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    Needles get smaller as the numbers get higher. A needle used for an IV in someone’s hand might be a 22-gauge. A 14-gauge is a fairly substantial needle.

  7. mangoliger says: Jan 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    Hasselbeck had his hip drained before the Saints game too… this is a non-story.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 1:16 PM

    But it was the #2 gauge wire they sewed him back up with that really hurt.

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