Quarterback expects to practice tomorrow and play vs. Arizona on Sunday.
KIRKLAND If Matt Hasselbeck’s numb right elbow is in good enough shape to allow him to play Sunday, the Seahawks’ quarterback can thank trainers, doctors and that modern marvel that is also a hip-hop classic.
Ice, ice, baby.
The chill of the winter air yesterday, which felt about as cold as the ice packs on Hasselbeck’s precious throwing arm, helped ease the pain as well.
“Ice is good. Ice is my friend,” Hasselbeck said.
There was good news after the X-rays Hasselbeck had at Giants Stadium following the Seahawks’ loss to the New York Jets. The news was also positive after the MRI Hasselbeck had yesterday morning.
“It doesn’t feel real good, but if those things come out positive, it usually is a sign that it’s going to heal real quick,” Hasselbeck said. “Hopefully that’s the case. We have a big game this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the practice field as quick as possible.”
Hasselbeck, who has dealt with injuries at other times this season and missed a game last month because of a deep thigh bruise, could practice as soon as tomorrow. Players typically have today off, but Hasselbeck will be at headquarters for treatment on the elbow.
Coach Mike Holmgren hopes Hasselbeck can resume some light throwing tomorrow. Hasselbeck hurt the elbow when Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis hit his arm on a sack in the fourth quarter, and the quarterback hasn’t thrown a ball since.
Asked if Hasselbeck will play against the Cardinals on Sunday, Holmgren said he is “optimistically holding that thought.”
Both Hasselbeck and Holmgren thought the injury was much worse right after it occurred.
“I came to the sidelines and the pain kind of went away a little bit. Tested it out, and I just wasn’t able to throw,” Hasselbeck said. “I just couldn’t lock out my elbow even in a slow motion.”
After watching film yesterday, Holmgren said, “He got hit good, but it wasn’t the type of play that you’re worried about his rotator cuff or his shoulder or things like that. On the field, I was concerned.”
Robinson set to return
Wide receiver Koren Robinson will practice tomorrow for the first time since Nov. 19, having served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Robinson has been at team headquarters working out and staying in shape but has not been allowed to practice. He’ll step back into the lineup, but Holmgren has yet to make a decision on whether Robinson will start Sunday.
Robinson was with the team yesterday but did not speak to reporters.
Jerry Rice started all four games Robinson missed due to the suspension. Robinson hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 14 in St. Louis because he was held out of the Miami game on Nov. 21 for violating a team rule.
Holmgren hopes Robinson can play well this weekend after a week of practice.
“I’m glad he’s coming back,” Holmgren said. “If he practices and does what I think he can do what I’m hoping he can do then there should be no problem at all. I think he’ll be fine.”
The Seahawks need Robinson, if only to add depth to the position.
Jerheme Urban, who had played in the past six games after being signed from the practice squad, has what could become a stress fracture in a foot. The Seahawks don’t want to aggravate the injury, so Urban could be out for the last two weeks of the season.
Hasselbeck doesn’t anticipate a problem in getting Robinson back into the flow of the offense.
“It’s nice to have another guy in the mix, and obviously Koren’s a very talented guy,” he said.
The mother of DT Marcus Tubbs died of cancer late last week in Tubbs’ hometown of DeSoto, Texas, near Dallas. Tubbs, who has a sprained ankle, isn’t expected to be ready to play until after the regular season and has gone home to be with his family.
DT Rocky Bernard could be back in action for the first time in three weeks. He has been dealing with a knee injury.
The Pro Bowl rosters for both the AFC and NFC will be announced at 4 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN. Fan voting ended Friday, with only one Seahawk, RB Shaun Alexander, leading at his position.
Last year, five Seahawks played in the Pro Bowl, but only two special-teamer Alex Bannister and LT Walter Jones were voted onto the original NFC team. NFL players and coaches cast their votes yesterday and today.
Approximately 1,400 tickets remain for Sunday’s game. They’re available by calling 1-888-NFL-HAWK.
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