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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck. Down 35-10 late in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Seahawks’ sore-ribbed quarterback remained in the game. For good reason, as coach Jim Mora explained during his weekly day-after news conference.

“I think you send the wrong message to your football team if you pull him out,” Mora said.

Hasselbeck was behind the decision, all the way.

“I wasn’t considering coming out – except for the one time, when I was on the ground,” he said, referring to the hit by Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher in the third quarter that kept Hasselbeck on the turf at Cowboys Stadium for a prolonged period.

“I wouldn’t have wanted him to.”

Because Mora didn’t, Hasselbeck was around to throw his second touchdown pass – to fullback Justin Griffith – midway through the fourth quarter.

POSITION WATCH

Left Tackle. Sean Locklear worked out before Sunday’s game, with mixed results regarding the high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the past five games. Locklear did fine running forward and backward, but had problems planting on his ankle and changing direction.

“His high ankle was pretty significant, as we know now,” Mora said.

So Damion McIntosh became the fourth starter – and fifth option – at the pivotal position.

“I thought he did a decent job for being thrown in there the way he was with two weeks here,” Mora said.  “I was impressed with the way he fought. He’s a pro.”

ELECTION DAY

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was elected the team’s NFLPA player rep in a meeting today. He replaces former safety Brian Russell, who was released on the final roster cut. Hasselbeck and safety Deon Grant will remain as the alternates.

INJURY UPDATE

Cornerback Ken Lucas got a magnetic resonance imaging test on the shoulder stinger that forced him to leave Sunday’s game and the results were negative, Mora said. So Lucas is expected to play this week against the Detroit Lions.

Wide receiver Ben Obomanu (oblique) and linebacker Will Herring (shoulder) also were injured against the Cowboys and are scheduled to have MRIs.

“It doesn’t appear that there’s anything significant at this time,” Mora said.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s been a tough 24 hours. I think everybody in this locker room has had a chance to kind of evaluate what’s going. More importantly, I think everybody is evaluating themselves.” – wide receiver Nate Burleson on the 2-5 start


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