Matt Hasselbeck among ailing expected to play Sunday
Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a concussion Sunday in the Seahawks' loss at Oakland, is expected to play Sunday when Seattle hosts the New York Giants.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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RENTON — Hope and healing are essential components for the Seahawks' recovery from their loss in Oakland.
More specifically, they hope to heal. That includes players from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a concussion Sunday, to left tackle Russell Okung, who missed the game with an ankle injury but could be ready to practice Wednesday.
"That will make a big difference for us if he can get back," coach Pete Carroll said.
Seattle is expecting its quarterback to be ready.
"It sounds like it was pretty slight conditions that should be OK," Carroll said of Hasselbeck. "You still have to go through the process to make sure he's all right, but we think he'll play."
Hasselbeck was sacked eight times Sunday. He was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst for the final series, and the Seahawks ran the ball three times to run out the clock. Hasselbeck was not available to answer questions after the game.
"He got banged up just kind of in general," Carroll said. "He did get hit in the head, and had some headaches or something like that. So we're just taking care of him, looking after him, making sure he's all right."
Did the quarterback suffer a concussion?
"That's what they're calling it, because whenever you get hit in the head, you have to call it something," Carroll said.
Hasselbeck, who will have to be cleared before returning to practice, has missed games because of injury in three of the previous four seasons, but none of those absences were due to a concussion.
That was just the start of the Seahawks' triage. Six starters left Sunday's game because of injuries. Of those, only defensive end Red Bryant is considered out for this week. He suffered a right-knee injury and was undergoing tests to determine the severity.
"He's going to be out a while at best," Carroll said.
Kentwan Balmer is expected to replace Bryant at defensive end.
Left guard Ben Hamilton also suffered a concussion, which Carroll characterized as significant. Chester Pitts would replace him at left guard.
Left tackle Tyler Polumbus suffered a sprained knee, and defensive tackle Colin Cole a sprained ankle. Wide receiver Mike Williams has a bruised knee, and rookie Golden Tate suffered a sprained ankle.
There are some returns to mix in with all those injuries. Seattle expects starting defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and cornerbacks Kelly Jennings and Walter Thurmond to be ready to practice Wednesday.
If Okung returns, it would be a recovery as surprising as it is significant.
After missing five weeks and the first three regular-season games because of a right ankle injury, Okung started three games but played only six quarters before suffering an injury to his left ankle. It was described as similar to his previous injury, though not as serious. Now the Seahawks are hoping he can start practicing 10 days later.
"It is possible he'll practice on Wednesday," Carroll said. "We're looking forward to that, and then we'll see how he handles that if he can."
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|Seahawks need a scorecard to keep track of the injuries that have affected the roster:|
|QB Matt Hasselbeck||Concussion||Did not finish Sunday's game, but symptoms were described as minor. "You still have to go through the process to make sure he's all right," coach Pete Carroll said, "but we think he'll play."|
|DE Red Bryant||Right knee||Undergoing further tests, but the injury he suffered in the first half appears serious. "He's going to be out a while at best," Carroll said.|
|LT Russell Okung||Left ankle||Missed Sunday's game after suffering injury in the first quarter of Oct. 24 game. Carroll hopes Okung can practice Wednesday. "We're looking forward to that," Carroll said, "and then we'll see how he handles that if he can. We'll know later in the week."|
|DT Brandon Mebane||Calf||Missed three games, expected to practice Wednesday.|
|CB Kelly Jennings||Hamstring||Missed two games, expected to practice Wednesday.|
|CB Walter Thurmond||Concussion||Missed Sunday's game after concussion symptoms did not completely disappear. Expected to practice Wednesday.|
|G Ben Hamilton||Concussion||Did not play final three quarters Sunday and was replaced by Chester Pitts. "Pretty significant," Carroll said of Hamilton's injury.|
|WR Mike Williams||Bruised knee||Suffered a bruise while blocking. While he finished the game, his range of motion and strength were limited.|
|WR Brandon Stokley||Oblique||Was questionable but played Sunday, caught a pass and felt better coming out of the game than he did going in. "That's a big plus," Carroll said.|
|WR Golden Tate||Ankle||Returned to the game after suffering a sprained ankle in the second half, but he was in a protective plastic boot. His status this week is uncertain. "We'll have to see how he responds," Carroll said.|
|DT Colin Cole||Ankle||Suffered a sprain in the fourth quarter, and his ankle was very swollen after the game. "We'll have to wait and see how that one goes," Carroll said.|
|OT Tyler Polumbus||Right knee||Characterized as having a slight sprain, Polumbus returned after suffering the injury in the second half, but his status this week is up in the air. "His recovery is undetermined right now," Carroll said.|
|LB Matt McCoy||Hamstring||Missed Sunday's game, expected to practice Wednesday|
|FB Michael Robinson||Hamstring||Missed Sunday's game, and his recovery schedule remains uncertain.|
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