Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck hopeful

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Matt Hasselbeck as the quarterback returns to the Seahawks' lineup. Hasselbeck's back injury has frustrated him because the injury isn't particularly painful. It simply prevents him from functioning.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Hasselbeck's doctor told him he might not play again this season. Fuller version of story here. Hasselbeck says he doesn't expect any setbacks before kickoff.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders how long Hasselbeck and Deion Branch will last now that both are practicing.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald quotes Hasselbeck as saying it's important to return this season because each player should give his all no matter the circumstances. Anything less would cause a player to lose his peers' respect.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says Kurt Warner's passer rating is about 40 points higher than the collective rating for the Seahawks' quarterbacks. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren applauded the Cardinals' organization for allowing coach Ken Whisenhunt to play Warner over 2006 first-round choice Matt Leinart. "Not every owner and front office would allow that," Holmgren said.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Seahawks receiver Courtney Taylor, who hopes to justify the team's faith in him. Also, rookie fullback Owen Schmitt will get more playing time while Leonard Weaver deals with injured ribs.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts revisits the prospects of Raiders assistant Greg Knapp becoming the Seahawks' offensive coordinator next season.