And the starter is …

Either Matt Hasselbeck or Charlie Whitehurst.

Another day, another practice, another Q&A session between Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and reporters as to which quarterback will start Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field.

Carroll was repeatedly asked about the situation during his just-completed news conference, but he did not waver.

Hasselbeck and Whitehurst will continue to share time in practice today, just as they did yesterday. Hasselbeck obviously has more experience, but he sat out last week’s division-clinching win over the Rams because of the muscles he strained in his left hip and buttock the previous week against the Bucs. So Whitehurst made his second NFL start and led the Seahawks to a 16-6 victory.

Carroll and his staff are weighing all these factors, and plenty more. But they’re not tipping their hand.

“At this point, there’s no reason to say more about it,” Carroll said. “From my perspective. You may think so. But we’re going to keep going and I’m pleased we’re in the position we’re in there.”

Last week, Hasselbeck was not able to practice until Friday. This week, Carroll has his options and is exploring them.

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