Heading into his latest matchup with friend and former teammate Brett Favre, Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck is expected to participate in every phase of practice today.
That was the word from coach Jim Mora, who just completed his weekly press conference.
Hasselbeck was limited in the Wednesday practice the past two weeks because of a fracture rib and also soreness in his right shoulder. Not today.
“That will help us continue to develop,” Mora said of having Hasselbeck full go.
The only player who has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the 8-1 Vikings in Minnesota is running back Julius Jones, who got a bruised lung in last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Mora said he is hopeful that Jones will be able to return next week, but the situation is predicated on how well Jones progresses from the injury that forced him to spend Sunday night in a Phoenix hospital.
As for Favre, he does not look like the same sore-armed QB the Seahawks faced in that snowy game at Qwest Field last December – when the Seahawks beat the New York Jets in Mike Holmgren’s final home game as coach.
“He doesn’t look like that guy right now,” Mora said.
Favre’s most impressive stat in a season filled with them? He has thrown only three interceptions in the Vikings’ first nine games.
Hasselbeck was Favre’s backup for three seasons (1998-2000) when both were with the Green Bay Packers. They have faced each other five times since 2003, including two playoff games at Lambeau Field. Favre has a 3-2 edge.