Matt Hasselbeck will start Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll announced today after practice.
Carroll had told Hasselbeck on Monday that he would start – if healthy.
After Hasselbeck was able to practice all week, Carroll deem him ready to return after sitting out Sunday night’s division-clinching victory over the St. Louis Rams because of the strained muscles he got in his left hip and buttock the previous week against the Buccaneers in Tampa.
“Matt will start,” Carroll said. “I needed to insure that he was healthy.”