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Hasselbeck practices; Seahawks QB ready to start at St. Louis

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was able to practice Friday for the first time this week because of sore ribs. The nine-year veteran says he feels close to 100 percent healthy. He'll start for Seattle in Sunday's game at St. Louis.

Several other injured players practiced and will play against the Rams: left tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver D.J. Hackett and linebacker Leroy Hill. But, running back Shaun Alexander will miss his third straight game because of a sprained left knee. Coach Mike Holmgren said Alexander may not even make the trip.

Holmgren says it will be crucial for Seattle to win on the road if it hopes to improve on its 6-4 record and make the playoffs.

Holmgren says the 2-8 Rams are a better team with running back Steven Jackson than the St. Louis team that lost on Oct. 21 in Seattle.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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