In a game that will decide the NFC West title, the Seahawks will be turning their offense over to little known QB Charlie Whitehurst, as coach Pete Carroll said today he will start for the injured Matt Hasselbeck.
Carroll said Monday he wasn’t ready to rule out Hasselbeck after he left Sunday’s 38-15 loss to Tampa Bay after running for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Hasselbeck suffered a strain to his lower back/hip/gluteal area that did not allow him to return.
Hasselbeck underwent an MRI and additional tests Monday morning and the results were positive enough that Carroll remained somewhat optimistic.
“It’s something (that) it may be manageable. It may be,” Carroll said. “The MRI results were not such where he doesn’t have a chance. They were very hopeful that he has an opportunity to get back, but we won’t know for days. So it’s kind of a difficult situation for us because we don’t know and we’re not sure what is going to happen until we find out the news probably by Saturday, or it may go all the way to game time.”
Whitehurst would be making just his second career start, with Seattle going for its first division title since 2007.