Hasselbeck: 'I'm absolutely hoping to play'

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - [Full Article]

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck confirmed Monday he has a fractured rib suffered in Sunday's loss at SF, but said he's hoping to play Sunday when his team faces the Bears at Qwest Field.

The diagnosis Monday -- after Seahawks team physicians looked at the CT scan -- is a broken rib and an uncertain immediate future.

Coach Jim Mora said he'll evaluate Hasselbeck throughout the week before making a decision on his availability for Sunday.

"He's a tough guy," Mora said. "We'll see where he's at Sunday."

Hasselbeck sounded optimistic and said he had played once earlier in his Seahawks career with a broken rib.

"I'm absolutely hoping to play," he said. "I don't know. That was a question I asked our medical staff and we didn't have a whole lot of information last night. We'll focus on trying to get better as quick as possible and, yeah, I'm hopeful."

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