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April 8, 2009 10:35 AM

Back in action: Matt Hasselbeck talks about the frustration of 2008

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was asked about the concerns he had over re-injuring his back, and he switched back to the difficulty of last season.

"I know last year was really hard and frustrating," Hasselbeck said. "And personally I think how it was handled, every week wondering, I think that made it harder instead of knowing the truth, but it's something that was last year and like pretty much everything last year, I think we all just kind of want to put last year behind and almost forget it and start over this year."

Hasselbeck suffered a back injury against the Giants, and that week he experienced symptoms resulting from a disk pushing down on his nerve. He missed the next five games, came back and played three games and then missed the final four games after the condition flared up again.

Hasselbeck's status was left as a week-to-week condition, which meant that each week began with the question of whether he would play. When Hasselbeck was asked about his reference to knowing the truth, he provided this clarification.

"Knowing that there's a high likelihood that I'm not going to play and not necessarily being able to come out and say," Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck said after missing the first five games doctors had indicated to him it was unlikely he would play again that season. The possibility of a return was left open out of a hope Hasselbeck would play a final game for coach Mike Holmgren.

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