Hasselbeck, Alexander Probably Won't Practice

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is not going to practice much if at all this week after suffering a rib injury on his right side, coach Mike Holmgren said. There was some question after Sunday's 30-23 victory over Chicago whether Hasselbeck aggravated the oblique injury he suffered on Oct. 21 or whether he hurt his ribs.

But Holmgren said on Monday that it was Hasselbeck's ribs that were injured, preventing him from taking part in practice this week as the Seahawks prepare for a division game against St. Louis, which like the Seahawks is on a two-game win streak.

It is unclear exactly when Hasselbeck suffered the injury because when he grabbed at the ribs after being chased out of bounds by Brian Urlacher, he had not been hit on the play. But he was knocked around on previous plays.

"He got a shot in the ribs," Holmgren said. "It was a pretty good bang in there. He had ice all over his body when I went down (to the training room) this morning."

Holmgren said there did not seem to be any doubt that Hasselbeck, who threw for 337 yards on Sunday, would play. "He is liking (the new offense), so nothing is going to keep him out," Holmgren said.

Holmgren said his one concern is that Hasselbeck will not be able to get down his timing with his receivers, especially since all are healthy again and back playing. "I talked to him about that," Holmgren said. "What he has to do is prepare himself without getting the practice time. I think he can do this. It is not unprecedented at the quarterback position. They can pull it off. And hopefully he will get some throws in at the end of the week.

Running back Shaun Alexander, who Holmgren has said won't play until he can practice a full week, has been lobbying the team's medical staff to remove the cast on his left wrist, which has protected a cracked bone in his wrist since the first week of the season. Holmgren said the doctors compromised by making the cast smaller. "We are going to try to make it ... a little bit more natural," Holmgren said. "It has bothered him all season in allowing him to do some stuff." Still, it is unclear if Alexander will play this week. Holmgren said if he does not practice Wednesday because of a sprained left knee, he will not play.
One of the best plays of Sunday's win over Chicago was kicker Josh Brown tackling return specialist Devin Hester, then jumping up and flexing for the crowd. Holmgren said while the play was good, he was going to have a discussion with Brown about avoiding that in the future. "He used to run down there and want to be in on every tackle," Holmgren said. "You can't do that. You can't do that. We'll lose our kicker. He is too valuable. I have to chat with him again."


--OT Walter Jones will not practice so he can rest a sore shoulder. He will play Sunday.

--DT Rocky Bernard will not practice much this week to rest a sore groin. He is expected to play Sunday.

--DE Darryl Tapp will not practice this week to rest a shoulder stinger but should play Sunday against St. Louis.

--RB Shaun Alexander will not play Sunday if he cannot practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He has a sprained left knee. It still is unknown if he will practice on Wednesday.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck is not expected to practice this week because of sore ribs but should play against St. Louis on Sunday.



PASSING OFFENSE: A -- QB Matt Hasselbeck was 30 of 44 for 337 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and a 106.0 passer rating. His 30 completions tied his career best. It was his 15th 300-yard passing game. WR D.J. Hackett had career highs of nine receptions for 136 yards, as well as a career-high 59-yard pass reception-and-run.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- For the second consecutive week, Maurice Morris had 87 yards while standing in for the injured Shaun Alexander. Only this week, instead of a sub-4.0 average per carry, he averaged 4.8 yards a rush. He also had a rushing TD for the second straight week, this one from 19 yards out.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The secondary allowed Bears QB Rex Grossman to throw for 266 yards, but it did not give up a deep touchdown, which Grossman was able to complete last season in two Bears wins. Also, the pass rush recorded five second-half sacks after getting none in the first half, and Patrick Kerney forced a fumble on one of them.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- Cedric Benson broke off a 43-yard TD run on the second play of the game, which Mike Holmgren said was an assignment error. Then he had a 20-yard run, which Holmgren said was the same thing. It also gave up a five-yard touchdown run to Adrian Peterson. But it held the Bears to 24 second-half yards and allowed Peterson just 11 yards on five carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- Coach Bruce DeHaven decided to try to kick away from Devin Hester, which kept giving the Bears good starting field position. Finally, they kicked to him and were able to contain him, one time with PK Josh Brown making the tackle on a kickoff.

COACHING: B -- Holmgren successfully challenged the spotting of the ball on one play, which gave the Seahawks back the ball on a crucial possession. And he made a creative play-call on a fourth-and-one situation, gaining 20 yards on a bootleg-and-pass to tight end Marcus Pollard. Defensive coordinator John Marshall also made adjustments at halftime that allowed the front seven to get five second-half sacks.

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