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Coach: Hasselbeck may not practice all week

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took a blow to his right-side ribs yesterday and may not be able to practice all week.

Coach Mike Holmgren says the nine-year veteran spent today at the team's Kirkland headquarters with his body encased in ice.

Holmgren said Monday that Hasselbeck wouldn't practice on Wednesday, but would start at St. Louis on Sunday.

He was injured in the first half of yesterday's 30-23 victory over Chicago at Qwest Field, but continued to play, completing 30 of 44 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.

Because of the Seahawks' inability to run the football, Holmgren has gone to a shotgun offense which emphasizes the team's passing game. they passed 44 times and ran 23 against the Bears. Holmgren says one concern about using a shotgun is that Hasselbeck is getting hit too much.

Holmgren says starting running back Shaun Alexander may not practice on Wednesday and that would mean he probably would miss the St. Louis game. Alexander has a sprained left knee and has missed two straight games.

Holmgren has said Alexander needs to practice on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in order to play on Sundays.

If Alexander is missing again this week, six-year veteran Maurice Morris will start against St. Louis. Morris rushed 18 times for 87 yards, including a 19-yard run for a touchdown, against Chicago.

Holmgren says seven-time Pro Bowl offensive left tackle Walter Jones is unlikely to practice this week because of a chronically sore shoulder that he had offseason surgery on, but will start at St. Louis.

Holmgren says defensive tackle Rocky Bernard may not practice much this week after suffering a concussion in the first half of the Chicago game. He missed only a couple of series.

(The Associated Press contributed this story.)

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