Injuries Pile Up in Loss

The injury bug struck the Seattle Seahawks again in the team's 23-10 loss at San Francisco. Seattle finished the game without 10 projected starters for the 2009 season, conjuring up images of the team's 2008 campaign in which they finished among the league leaders with players on the injured reserve list at the end of a disappointing 4-12 season.

The most significant injury was quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a bruised rib while trying to dive into the end zone, getting drilled by linebacker Patrick Willis. However, coach Jim Mora said he's not concerned his team is in for a repeat of 2008.

"It makes perfect sense for the people out there to say, 'Oh my goodness, here we go again. Matt's down. All these guys are hurt,'" Mora said. "That's not the feeling in that locker room. That's not the feeling with this coach right here, at all. Not one single bit does that creep into this environment."

Along with Hasselbeck, Sean Locklear (ankle), Josh Wilson (ankle) and Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) left the game with injuries. Seattle feels comfortable with backup Seneca Wallace at the controls should Hasselbeck not be ready for next week's game at home against Chicago. Defensively, the Seahawks will have to go back the drawing board.

But Seattle will need to do a better job against the run after giving up 207 yards to Frank Gore. Seattle faces another talented back in Chicago's Matt Forte.
Mora said that even though his team put eight men in the box to keep Gore from breaking loose, the defense did not do a good job of following through with their individual assignments, leading to breakdowns in containment.

"We got out of whack with our gap control," Mora said. "They blocked us up. You can make the argument that if we would have had more of a cup, that we would have been able to stop them for 15, 12 or 20 (yards) and not chase him into the end zone. But we felt like we needed to crowd the line of scrimmage against this runner."

TRENDING: Coming into Sunday's game against San Francisco, the Seahawks had held Frank Gore to 76.4 average rushing yards the last four games. The last time Gore ran for more than 200 yards? That was against the Seahawks at Candlestick Park three years ago, with Gore running for 212 yards on 24 carries in a 20-14 49ers win.

LINEUP WATCH: With left tackle Sean Locklear suffering an ankle injury early in the game, the Seahawks had to go with green offensive tackle Brandon Frye. The 25-year-old just joined the team two weeks ago after getting cut by Miami, but filled in OK for Locklear. Seattle's Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones is expected to return to action next week.


-- LB Lofa Tatupu re-injured his hamstring early in the first quarter and did not play the rest of the way.

-- DB Josh Wilson injured his ankle while returning kicks and did not play in the second half.

-- LB Aaron Curry struggled in his second game as pro, appearing out of position at times. Curry finished with four tackles.

-- DE Lawrence Jackson had another strong game, finishing with his second sack of the season. Top Stories