Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck not expected to practice this week
Posted by Danny O'Neil
He said he will undergo tests on the injured muscle once he returns to Seattle, specifically having a magnetic-resonance image (MRI) taken.
"It's embarrassing," he said of the injury. "It's more my butt."
Coach Pete Carroll said Hasselbeck will be held out of practice the upcoming week.
"We don't expect him to practice," Carroll said. "We're going to rest him all week and see what happens at the end of the week. It's a little bit of an unusual pull in his hip, and we have to see how he responds. You saw, it was kind of self-inflicted. He was turning into the end zone after a real nice drive. So it wasn't a real violent situation, but we have to see what it is. The doctors are a little unclear how it's going to respond until we watch him and see what occurs."
Hasselbeck said he's had a nagging injury at that spot, but obviously, it was not previously this bad.
"I think I took a helmet against San Diego to that spot, and it had been kind of bothering me off and on," he said. "Just a little bit, nothing major. Tweaked it a little bit against Arizona at their place. A little bit again Carolina, and really it was never really that bad, and today it just got real tight on me. Just pulled back, and came into the training room and tried to get it right. Tried to get it to a point where I could run. Just wasn't able to do it. That was disappointing, and we'll see what the MRI says, and hopefully I can be back."
He was injured on the touchdown run, but it was not as he cut into the end zone.
"It was before I scored," Hasselbeck said. "But it was on that play. I had a play-action to the left and I tried to come around real quick. It's kind of how I hurt it initially. It's how I hurt it in Arizona. It's just that same mechanism. It was better, my strength was OK, but it wasn't all the way better."
Charlie Whitehurst will be the presumptive starter this week in practice.
"I'll probably get the week of practice, I'm thinking," he said. "I'm preparing like I'm going to play the game. Start the game, finish the game. That's my approach. If that changes, I'll take the other role. That's my approach right now."
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