The Seahawks will not have tight end Chris Baker or guard Chester Pitts for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the Saints at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll announced during his just-concluded day-after Q&A session.
Baker fractured a hip in Sunday night’s division-clinching victory over the Rams, while Pitts got what Carroll called a “pretty serious concussion” when he hit his head on the turf at Qwest.
Tyler Polumbus started at left guard for Pitts against the Rams and will remain in the lineup for this week’s game. With Baker out, tight ends John Carlson and Cameron Morrah will be even more involved as blockers in the running game.
As for the QB situation, Carroll said both Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are “getting ready to start.”
Hasselbeck sat out the Rams game because of the strained muscles in his left hip and buttock that he got in the previous game against the Buccaneers. So Whitehurst started, but was sore today after being pressured and hit – if not sacked – throughout the game against the Rams.
The players will practice on Tuesday, their usual “off” day, because they play on Saturday. Carroll said Hasselbeck will participate fully, but that he and Whitehurst likely will split the reps.