NFL: Week 2

Hasselbeck breaks rib

Associated Press / September 22, 2009

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The Seahawks are preparing to play without Matt Hasselbeck Sunday against the Chicago Bears, though the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback is hoping to start despite a broken rib.

Seattle coach Jim Mora confirmed yesterday that Hasselbeck has a fractured rib from a hard hit in the back by 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis while the quarterback dived for the goal line late in the first half of San Francisco’s 23-10 win Sunday.

Asked if he had to plan to face the Bears without Hasselbeck, Mora said, “Right now, we’ll probably do that - unless we get word otherwise.’’

Mora did say Hasselbeck “seems to be doing a lot better today.’’

Backup Seneca Wallace, who started eight games last season when Hasselbeck was out because of a bulging disk in his back, would make his 13th career start if Hasselbeck can’t go. Wallace completed 15 of 23 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown and interception while finishing Sunday’s loss.

Hasselbeck, who turns 34 Friday, said the fracture is on the back of a top rib and the pain is near the shoulder. He said he broke a rib once before while with the Seahawks and played the next game. He didn’t specify when.

“I have definitely felt worse,’’ Hasselbeck said. “I’m absolutely hoping to play.’’

Favre’s finger fine
Brett Favre’s streak of 271 straight regular-season starts is not in danger: He has a bent fingernail. Favre’s throwing hand was clearly hurting after his last throw for Minnesota in Sunday’s win over Detroit. Coach Brad Childress said, however, that Favre is fine . . . Kevin Kolb will make his second straight start for the Eagles if Donovan McNabb can’t play against Kansas City. Coach Andy Reid isn’t sure whether Jeff Garcia or Michael Vick would be the backup quarterback in that scenario. Vick is eligible to play for the first time after serving a two-game suspension as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring. McNabb missed Sunday’s 48-22 loss to New Orleans because of a cracked rib. Kolb made his first NFL start, throwing for 391 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions . . . The Cowboys said running back Marion Barber has a quadriceps injury and his return isn’t yet known. Barber was hurt on a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 33-31 loss to the Giants . . . Punter Craig Hentrich isn’t likely to punt when the Titans visit the Jets after straining his left calf. Coach Jeff Fisher isn’t saying if the season is over for the 38-year-old veteran . . . Panthers defensive tackle Louis Leonard broke his left ankle on the final defensive play at Atlanta and is out for several weeks, if not the season.

Jets deny tampering
The 49ers have filed tampering charges against the Jets regarding San Francisco’s top draft pick Michael Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed. “My understanding is they filed charges with the league,’’ Ryan said. “I’m saying my response is it’s not true. I mean, it’s not accurate. It’s not true, but, hey, we’ll let the league figure this out.’’ When asked if his team filed charges, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said it’s a situation “the league is going to handle internally.’’ Crabtree, selected No. 10 overall in April’s draft, is the last draft pick not signed. The wide receiver is seeking money comparable to higher picks and hasn’t accepted the 49ers’ offer for approximately five years and $20 million, with a reported $16 million guaranteed . . . Browns coach Eric Mangini is firmly defending his policy of fining players, saying he believes everyone should be treated with the same respect. Last week, Yahoo! Sports reported that an unidentified Browns player was fined $1,701 by Mangini for failing to pay for a $3 bottle of water he drank in his hotel room during a preseason road trip . . . Linebacker Robert Henson has yet to play in a regular-season game for the Redskins, yet he drew plenty of attention from veteran teammates and coach Jim Zorn after using Twitter to complain about the home crowd at Washington’s 9-7 victory over St. Louis. Fans booed during and after the game. Following the victory, Henson tweeted: “All you fake half hearted Skins fan can . . I won’t go there but I dislike you very strongly, don’t come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!’’ He also wrote: “The question is who are you to say you know what’s best for the team and you work 9 to 5 at Mcdonalds.’’ Later, Henson updated his Twitter account with an apology.

Falcons lose Jerry
The Falcons have a big hole to fill on the defensive line after first-round pick Peria Jerry sustained a season-ending knee injury in a victory over the Panthers. The rookie defensive tackle tore up his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 28-20 victory, which improved the Falcons to 2-0 for only the seventh time in the team’s 44-year history . . . Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, sprained his left knee and will be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against Green Bay . . . Lions coach Jim Schwartz says there’s a good chance linebacker Ernie Sims will miss some time with a “fairly significant’’ shoulder injury. Sims is the only player on the Lions’ active roster selected by former GM Matt Millen between the 2002-06 NFL drafts . . . The Bills’ retooled offensive line will go through another shuffle now that starting right tackle Brad Butler will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury. Without revealing the nature of the injury, coach Dick Jauron announced that Butler is out after it was determined he’ll require surgery a day after getting hurt in a 33-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Thomas hurt again
Randy Thomas is out with a season-ending, perhaps career-ending, triceps injury. Now the Redskins have to figure out how to plug the hole in an already thin offensive line. Zorn said the veteran right guard has a complete tear of the right triceps off the bone, suffered in the first half of Sunday’s win. Thomas, 33, will have surgery this week and will be placed on injured reserve. Thomas tore his left triceps in 2007 and played only three games. He also had knee and neck surgeries after last season . . . Raiders right guard Robert Gallery is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his left leg. Gallery was injured in the second half of Oakland’s 13-10 victory in Kansas City . . . Jaguars receiver Troy Williamson could be done for the season because of a shoulder injury. Williamson might have torn his right labrum during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to Arizona. Coach Jack Del Rio said he didn’t have test results, but fellow receivers Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas said that Williamson was out for the year . . . The Giants are a little miffed at Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams. Adams stuck out his leg and tripped Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck in the first half of Sunday night’s game, causing Tuck to suffer an injury to his left shoulder. It knocked him out of the nationally televised contest. Adams was penalized for tripping on the play, but that didn’t stop Tuck from calling the kick a “bush’’ move. “It’s something he always does and he gets away with it and he continues to do it,’’ Tuck said. Tuck underwent tests on his shoulder, but coach Tom Coughlin did not have the results when he spoke to the media. Tuck said he expects to play this weekend when the Giants travel to Tampa to play the Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Adams downplayed the incident. “A shoulder injury?’’ Adams said. “From a supposed kick? Tell him to stay up. It ain’t my fault.’’ . . . Tampa Bay safety Jermaine Phillips has a broken thumb and his status is uncertain.

Whitner reports theft
Police are investigating a theft from the home of Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner, who discovered about $400,000 worth of jewelry missing following Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay. “It’s mind-boggling,’’ said the player’s spokeswoman, Patrice Horton, who described Whitner as upset and hurt. “He’s safe, but he’s on high alert. He doesn’t know who did this.’’ The theft was reported a week after Whitner’s teammate Leodis McKelvin’s front lawn in the same suburb was vandalized by two teenagers following Buffalo’s season-opening loss at New England. Bills players expressed concerns about their privacy and safety after that incident, in which a message and obscenity were spray-painted in front of McKelvin’s home. McKelvin declined to press charges after two 16-year-old boys admitted responsibility, and they were sentenced to 120 hours of community service . . . Former Lions receiver Charles Rogers has pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge. Rogers was arrested last Wednesday after police offices say he failed sobriety tests in the Detroit suburb of Novi. Sentencing was set for Nov. 10.

NFL won’t budge
The NFL said it will not reschedule this season’s Packers-Vikings games in case a Major League Baseball tiebreaker game is played at the Metrodome. Green Bay is scheduled to play at Minnesota Monday night, Oct. 5, pitting Brett Favre against his old team in front of a national TV audience. If the Minnesota Twins are able to catch Detroit and host the Tigers in a tiebreaker to determine the AL Central winner, however, MLB would prefer that Monday night slot. The Packers host the Vikings Nov. 1, but NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said there is no swap of sites under consideration to accommodate the potential baseball game. He said the game wouldn’t be moved to a different night, either. “We don’t want to inconvenience our fans,’’ Masonson said.

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