A recap of the day’s activities:
Matt Hasselbeck. The word from coach Jim Mora is that the team’s three-time Pro Bowl quarterback might return to practice Wednesday for the first time since having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.
Getting Hasselbeck back would be significant on several levels for an injury-ravaged team that has gotten off to a 1-3 start.
“One of the things I love about watching Matt through the years was the way he came out of the huddle,” Mora said during his weekly day-after news conference. “He just kind of swaggered up to the line of scrimmage, snapping his chin strap and getting under (center) and really commanding the offense.
“He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence and gets a tempo. When Matt plays at his best, this offense is rolling, it’s tempo, it’s upbeat, the defense is having trouble catching up. If Matt’s out there playing, I think you’ll see that right away from him.”
If Hasselbeck is out there playing. That is the plan for Wednesday, when the players return from their off day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field.
“I believe, as we sit here on Monday, that the plan is for him to practice on Wednesday,” Mora said. “I’m not promising he will play.”
The injury bug continues to bite the left side of the offensive line. Left guard Rob Sims is expected to miss at least a couple of games after getting a high sprain of his left ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.
The Seahawks already are down to their third option at left tackle – Brandon Frye – because Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle) remain sidelined. Mansfield Wrotto stepped in Sunday after Sims went down.
“Rob and Lock and Walt being out, that mandates us making a move,” said Mora, who wasn’t sure what it might be.
Saturday, tackle Kyle Williams was signed off the practice squad to be the backup for Frye and right tackle Ray Willis against the Colts. But today, fullback Justin Griffith was re-signed. He had been released to clear a roster spot for Williams.
Defensive end Patrick Kerney is doubtful for the game against the Jaguars, Mora said, after straining a groin against the Colts. But defensive end is one position where the team does have depth. Darryl Tapp stepped in for Kerney on the right side Sunday.
Lawrence Jackson, last year’s first-round draft choice, started at left end against the Colts for Cory Redding. That’s because Redding was going to be play tackle in the nickel a lot since the Colts pass as much as they do.
Rookie wide receiver Deon Butler will sign autographs at the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We don’t have to limit what we do, but we have to be certain of what we do. We have to make sure that we don’t give a short corner to a defensive end to get to him. That means you have to tweak some things a little bit, but not limit them necessarily.” – Mora, when asked about the need to limit the playbook if Hasselbeck does play