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Hasselbeck to Miss Sunday’s Game, Whitehurst to Start.

According to the Seattle Times, Seahawks’ starting QB Matt Hasselbeck will NOT play Sunday, and has been declared out. Hasselbeck has not been cleared to play after Sunday’s concussion, which led to Thursday’s decision to start Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst will be making his first career NFL start.

Whitehurst a former third-round pick and  career backup thus far, has only played in three games his entire career. He has not thrown a pass his entire career, either. He did, though, run the ball twice in his rookie season, which was 2006. He had 14 yards on two carries and one touchdown. Whitehurst was traded in the off-season from the Chargers, who he was drafted by, to the Seahawks. He then signed a 2-year $10 million dollar contract.

Whitehurst had a disappointing pre-season, going 46-90, completing just 51% of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He did lead the league in yardage thrown in the pre-season, but that means nothing. Look for the Giants’ to stick eight or nine guys in the box and force the former Clemson QB to beat them.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider on Charlie Whitehurst: “(He’s a) big, talented, athletic guy with a strong arm and a competitive streak,” “We believe he has the potential to be a successful quarterback in this league.”

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