Seahawks turn to Charlie Whitehurst this week

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was very optimistic about a return by Matt Hasselbeck this week after the team’s quarterback was knocked out of last Sunday’s game at Oakland with what was called a mild concussion.

That optimism was ended today when the team announced Hasselbeck will be held out of this Sunday’s game with the New York Giants at Qwest Field. The Seahawks will start Charlie Whitehurst, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.

It will be the first career start for Whitehurst, the quarterback the Seahawks hotly pursued in the offseason. Seattle traded a third-round draft pick and swapped selections in the second round with the San Diego Chargers for the former third-round draft pick, who has yet to throw a pass in a pass in the regular season.

"You expect to play every week," Whitehurst said. "And this week, I maybe expected to start a little more than weeks past, for sure. I have been preparing since after the game (in Oakland) to start this game. I'll be ready to go.

"It's exciting. It does kind of sneak up on you, but luckily I've been preparing like this, not just this year, but years past. I feel like I'm ready to go. I plan to go out there and play well."

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