A recap of the day’s activities:
Lofa Tatupu. The Seahawks have lost their three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker for the remainder of the season, as Tatupu is having surgery to reattach his left pectoral muscle.
Tatupu was injured in the pre-bye game against the Arizona Cardinals. Last week, coach Jim Mora said it might be possible for Tatupu to rehab the injury and return at some point this season. But Tatupu went to see shoulder specialist Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion and the decision was made to have the surgery. Andrews performed the procedure in Alabama.
Without Tatupu, second-year linebacker David Hawthorne will step into the lineup – starting with Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Hawthorne collected 16 tackles and intercepted a pass in his only other start this season, when Tatupu missed the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears because of a strained hamstring.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was back at practice today after sitting out Wednesday because of soreness in his ribs.
“They gave me the option to go hard last week and take off a little bit at the beginning of this week, or take off last week and go hard this week,” Hasselbeck said. “Hopefully I can get to a point here where I feel 100 percent healthy, and hopefully that comes real quick.”
Hasselbeck’s ribs were injured in the Week 2 game against the 49ers, so he is approaching the six-week mark where the fracture should be healed.
“My ribs, just like anybody else, when they start to heal everything gets a little tight and sticky, and that’s where I’m at right now,” he said.
Of course, most people don’t play two NFL games during that normal healing process.
“Probably not normal,” Hasselbeck said. “But I had no setbacks in the games I played.”
BIG THOUGHTS FOR BIG WALT
No one will miss Walter Jones more than Hasselbeck. The nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle has protected Hasselbeck’s blindside since he arrived in 2001. Until this season, of course. Jones was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of persistent pain his surgically repaired left knee.
“I feel badly for him,” Hasselbeck said. “He has worked really hard. He’s coming off a major knee surgery. He’s just worked really hard. More than anything, I think we’re feeling his frustration.
“But at the same time, those of us who got to talk to him yesterday feel his optimism, also. He’s not giving up. He’s not quitting. He’s not retiring. He’s committed to playing football again. And those of us who have seen work ethic and see how he goes, we expect him to be back and expect him to be the Walter Jones that we know.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (pectoral)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- S C.J. Wallace (hamstring)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
- OG Rob Sims (ankle)
Only three players sat out practice – Tatupu, Locklear and Wallace. That’s a season low. Locklear did some running on the side during practice.
Kerney did more today than he did Wednesday and is expected to play against the Cowboys. He aggravated a groin injury in the first half of the pre-bye game against the Arizona Cardinals.
STAT DU JOUR
Cowboys QB Tony Romo has won his past 11 starts in November, while passing for 3,078 yards and 31 touchdowns with a passer rating of 120.4. Romo has had three-plus TD passes in seven of those 11 games – including the Cowboys’ 34-9 win over the Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day last season.