|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Even though Seattle Seahawks Matt Hasselbeck has two cracked bones in his left wrist, , he is determined to play against the reigning Super Bowl champs, the New Orleands Saints. Even if he couldn't tie his own shoes earlier this week.
Hasselbeck solicited help from third-string quarterback JP Losman in order to lace up his cleats before practice on Wednesday. Hasselbeck was wearing a bulky brace on his injured left wrist before practice but has a smaller setup that he uses during practice. He believes that he will by OK, but skipped snaps and some hands-off elements in practice on Wednesday. But he claims to not be in a lot of pain, and actually not to be all that concerned.
Hasselbeck put up one of his best passing performances of the past several years, throwing for 333 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 36-18 on Sunday to regain first place in the dismal NFC West.
Hasselbeck suffered the injury on a quarterback sneak attempt late in the first half and was forced to head to the locker room. He missed the first two offensive possessions of the third quarter getting an X-ray of his wrist while the training staff came up with a brace that allowed him to return to the field. He credits adrenaline to his ability to play on Sunday with the injury. He says that there are no limitations to what he is capable of doing.
Sports betting fans should know that New Orleans is allowing just 166 yards a game through the air, best in the NFL.
For an offense that showed signs of life for the first time in weeks, it was a big boost for Hasselbeck to return. He was forced to sit out against the New York Giants the week before with a concussion that gave Whitehurst the first start of his NFL career.
Seattle managed just 162 yards of total offense as the Giants cruised to a 41-7 victory. Hasselbeck had 273 yards passing in the first half alone on Sunday, including a 63-yard touchdown pass to Deon Butler. Pete Carroll had to keep Hasselbeck from running straight back on the field as soon as he re-emerged from the locker room. Carroll forced him to take snaps, run a couple of handoffs and get warmed up again before sending him back into the huddle. Hasselbeck and the Seahawks hope to keep the momentum rolling against the Saints on Sunday.