Charlie Whitehurst likely to start

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the Seahawks are moving ahead with plans to start quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in the NFC West title-deciding matchup against St. Louis.

Carroll says quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is rehabbing to make a return from a strained hip area, but that it would be "against the odds."

Hasselbeck is working in the therapy pool trying to recover from the injury. Carroll says Hasselbeck insists he's going to make it back for Sunday's with the Rams. Carroll calls such a return "miraculous."

It would be Whitehurst's second career start. Whitehurst's only other NFL start came in a 41-7 loss to the New York Giants.