Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and faces a lengthy recovery that could preclude any participation in the team's offseason conditioning program.
There is no definitive timetable yet for Hasselbeck's recovery, but the typical rehabilitation from labrum surgery is about six months.
After deliberating his options, Hasselbeck decided to have the surgery following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, the renowned Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedics specialist. Andrews' examination of the shoulder confirmed the torn labrum and, rather than delay any longer, Hasselbeck decided to move forward quickly so that he could hasten the start of his rehabilitation.
The eight-year veteran actually sustained the injury in a playoff loss at Green Bay after the 2003 season. Hasselbeck played the past three seasons with the labrum problem, but the discomfort became too intense this season to try to get through another year without surgery.
After a brilliant 2005 campaign in which he led the Seahawks to a berth in Super Bowl XL, Hasselbeck's '06 season was marred by a series of physical ailments.
In addition to the deteriorating condition of the shoulder labrum, Hasselbeck missed four games with a sprained ligament in his right knee and played the final two months of the season with two broken bones in his left hand.
Hasselbeck, 31, appeared in 12 games, all starts, and completed 210-of-371 passes for 2,442 yards, with eight touchdown passes, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 76.0. But that was Hasselbeck's lowest rating since 2001, his first season with the Seahawks and his first as a starter in the league.
Seattle obtained Hasselbeck from Green Bay, where he played two seasons, in a 2001 trade.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.