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July 30, 2007

Matt Hasselbeck still "sore" over knee injury

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 6:01 PM

Matt Hasselbeck is recovering from offseason surgery to repair his non-throwing shoulder, but it's the knee injury he suffered against Minnesota last October that he's working to get past.

"To me, the most frustrating thing about last year and our season was probably my knee injury," Hasselbeck said. "Because it was just such a pointless injury to me. Very avoidable.

"I'll just leave it at that."

A quick review: Seattle vs. Minnesota, Oct. 22 at Qwest Field. Score: 10-10. Hasselbeck gets hurt on the first possession of the second half after Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson fell into his knee. The Seahawks were outscored 21-3 the rest of the game.

"It really changed our whole season," Hasselbeck said. "We lost that game and we shouldn't have lost that game."

José Miguel Romero's recap of the game can be found here. That story includes an explanation from Henderson.

Hasselbeck never called the play dirty Monday, only avoidable.

"It was unnecessary," Hasselbeck said. "Injuries happen. I have no problem with that. I have been hit many times very hard. Some cleaner hits than others, but to me that one was just. ..."

Hasselbeck stopped the sentence there and changed his train of thought.

"What really bothered me was that it was just such a significant injury that didn't need to happen," Hasselbeck said. "And really I got lucky. I got really lucky. There are guys that have missed more than a year from stuff like that."

Hasselbeck missed four games. The Seahawks went 2-2 in that time and he returned, but Hasselbeck said Monday the knee injury affected him the rest of the season.

Was it more mental or physical?

"I don't know," Hasselbeck said. "It was all the stuff. But that happens, and I guess that's a lesson you have to learn. You have to learn to deal with that stuff. That's one thing in my career here I have handled it well at times and I've handled it poorly at times, playing with injury and that kind of thing."

Hasselbeck finished last season with a quarterback rating of 76, his lowest since his first season in Seattle in 2001. He passed for 18 touchdowns and and was intercepted 15 times, also his worst ratio since 2001. His 2,442 passing yards were his fewest since that first season in town.




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