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December 29, 2008 6:26 PM

Matt Hasselbeck on his injury recovery

Posted by Jose Romero

From today at Seahawks HQ.

(On whether he's still planning on getting back to work around mid-February) "I think it'll probably be before that. I'm hopeful to be better by the end of the month. We're probably going to take another picture of it at some point and just kind of evaluate where we are. But all in all, I think that I'll be better before I talk to you guys again."

(On the strengthening he's been doing for his core and how that is generally making him a stronger player) "I really feel like learning about my injury and learning about what I had this year will really change how I prepare for the season, how I work out. I think I'll definitely be stronger for it. Just even the short time when I was doing it, I felt like I had a lot more velocity on my ball...I was definitely throwing it further and all that stuff, and that was while I was hurt. So there are some good things, I guess."

(On whether he expects to be back for mini camps) "Oh yeah. Definitely."

(On how the injury escalated during the season) "Yeah. It wasn't a big deal when I first had it, but I aggravated it a couple times this season, the last of which was a DeMarcus Ware hit. [That] put me in an awkward position that probably would've hurt either way. That's when the risk just became greater that it would take longer to heal."

(On whether the bulging disk is something he'll have for the rest of his life) "No, I think the body heals itself. It'll heal on its own."

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