Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ quarterback is not only pain free, he’s also drug free, as he prepares for Sunday’s big NFC showdown with the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field.

A week ago, Hasselbeck was in the very-painful process of trying to play for the first time since having a rib fractured in the first half of the Week 2 loss to the division-leading 49ers in San Francisco.

“Monday to Monday wasn’t even close,” Hasselbeck said when asked how he felt this Monday as compared to the previous Monday. “This Monday was good. Not too bad. And Thursday to Thursday, it’s even better. I actually feel good. I’m drug free, and that a good place to be.”

So good, in fact, that Hasselbeck isn’t even thinking about his ribs.

“I think we kind of put it behind us,” he said. “I was feeling no pain on Sunday, mostly (due to) adrenaline. I’m not concerned about that this week.”

Instead, his attention is on a fast, aggressive Cardinals defense that features Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, former teammate Chike Okeafor, up-and-coming cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Adrian Wilson.

“I think for a lot of years, they’ve had Pro Bowl players on offense. That’s no secret,” Hasselbeck said. “But I think especially last year, and for a few years before that, a few guys on defense have emerged as Pro Bowl players.

“That’s always hard when you’re going up against guys like that.”

None more so than Wilson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

“He’s a very talented player,” Hasselbeck said of Wilson, who had eight sacks in 2005, four interceptions in 2006 and triple-digit tackle totals twice in his eight-year career. “There aren’t guys of his skill set out there. He’s 6-3, 230, real fast, real physical. He can cover. He’s a smart player. He’s really matured into one of the great safeties in our game.”

Just the kind of challenge Hasselbeck relishes, right?

“I don’t enjoy going against him, no,” he said with a laugh. “I need to slide when he’s around.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as released by the team:

OUT

  • LB Leroy Hill (groin)
  • OT Walter Jones (knee)
  • OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
  • OG Rob Sims (ankle)
  • S C.J. Wallace (hamstring)

DID NOT PRACTICE

  • CB Ken Lucas (not injury related)

LIMITED IN PRACTICE

  • WR Nate Burleson (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION

  • CB Travis Fisher (pelvis)
  • QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
  • DE Lawrence Jackson (rib)
  • DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
  • DE Cory Redding (shoulder)
  • OG Mansfield Wrotto (ankle)

Lucas remains in Mississippi for his father’s funeral. But he is expected to rejoin the team in time for Sunday’s game.

A LITTLE Q&A

Q: Matt in California asks, “What is the deal with Trufant? No one ever talks about his return, or what the issues are. The only thing I can find on him is that he on physically unable to perform. When will be back?

A: Timely inquiry, Matt. There hasn’t been a lot of talk about Trufant because he is on PUP and has been since training camp opened because of a bulging disc in his back. Out of sight, but not out of mind – especially this week with the Cardinals coming to town. Trufant will have a three-week window to practice after the bye and can be activated at any time during that span. He was running on the berm adjacent to the practice fields last Friday, and looking good doing it. So hopefully the blackout on Trufant news will end soon.

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STAT DU JOUR

Edgerrin James had more rushing yards (46) against the Jaguars last week than the Cardinals had total rushing yards (44) in their win over the Texans.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It was a lot easier when only five guys played. When 11 guys play, it gets a little more expensive, you know? So we’ve got to rethink that. We might be going back to Isotoners – Dan Marino-style. But you know, they deserve it. They really do deserve it. Offensive linemen are overworked and underappreciated. The saying is true.” – Hasselbeck, who has treated his linemen to coolers of specialty meats in the past, when asked if he was still in a giving mood after good games


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