Matt Hasselbeck is not practicing with a fractured rib today for the Seattle Seahawks, but the Associated Press reports that coach Jim Mora said he will be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Bears at Qwest Field provided he is medically cleared to play.
It could be that Hasselbeck is held out again Thursday, but he could still get the green light to play. Hasselbeck has vowed to fight through the pain and be on the field for the game. The Bears have never won at Qwest Field and their last victory at Seattle was in 1976, the first year for the expansion franchise.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was asked about the prospects of playing with a broken rib.
"I can't imagine,'' Cutler said. "I've never had one. I've had bruised ribs and been sore. As much torque as you put on your body, and throwing the ball and your hips and stuff, it would be tough. It would be really tough. We'll have to see what happens with him."
Hasselbeck isn't the only serious injury the Seahawks are dealing with. Left tackle Walter Jones missed nearly all of training camp and all preseason with back spasms and arthroscopic knee surgery, but he could make his return Sunday. It would be in the nick of time. Fill-in Sean Locklear is out with a high ankle sprain. The Seahawks could also be without middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu. He has a pulled hamstring.