Last week, all eyes were on Matt Hasselbeck as the Seahawks’ quarterback attempted to return from having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Every pass in practice was scrutinized; every follow-through became a focal point.
Today, coach Jim Mora was not even asked about the sore-ribbed QB during his midweek news conference, and watching Hasselbeck in practice there was no indication that he had practiced and played through so much pain last week.
“What Matt went through last week in preparation – to see him really make the effort Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to get on the field to practice – it showed a lot about Matt Hasselbeck and how he is a big-time leader of this team,” offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said after practice.
“And then for him to go through the pain – not only during the game but after the game – he really has shown a lot of toughness and the other players fed off that.”
Hasselbeck underlined the effort by throwing four touchdown passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“That was one of the gutsiest performances I’ve seen from a quarterback,” Knapp said. “How he got himself physically and mentally ready to play, despite having a pretty serious injury.”