The NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks travel to New Orleans to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Saints this Sunday on Fox. A win over the Arizona Cardinals last week gave Seattle the division lead and broke a streak of listless games for the Seahawks.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will play this weekend, but he will be dealing with a broken left wrist suffered in the second quarter of last weekend's win. Hasselbeck return with his wrist heavily taped and finished the game. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wasn't sure how much Hasselbeck would be limited this week, but it appears he's good to go. (via The Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil)
"We'll find out," Carroll said. "I don't know that. Right now, I don't know that. We don't think anything. Our plan is that we can do whatever we want to do. We'll find out during the week. And I'll let you know. On Monday."
New Orleans will get a boost from the return of running back Reggie Bush. The Saints versatile back broke his fibula back in week two and has been out recovering ever since. Eight weeks later and Bush looks to be ready to go against the Seahawks. SB Nation's Joel Thorman looked at the impact of Bush's return.
Initial reports suggested he would miss six weeks but it's been seven games and eight weeks. Bush likely won't receive a full complement of carries right off the bat as he's worked back into the lineup. RB Pierre Thomas is also likely out for the Saints this weekend so there's always the chance Bush sees more carries with the injury situation there. It's hard to predict what kind of touches he'll see this week.
More details are emerging about the arrest of Seahawks' defensive end Raheem Brock. Shortly before the Seahawks left for Arizona, Brock was arrested for DUI near the University of Washington. He was cited and released, but the team did not know of the incident before Sunday's game. O'Neil posted the details of the incident on his blog.
Brock declined to submit for voluntary field-sobriety tests. He did consent to a preliminary breath test, which measured his blood-alcohol concentration at .133, according to the report. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08. Brock was then arrested. He was taken to University of Washington Police Department for further tests. According to the police report, the two breath samples were measured at .115 and .111.
The Saints and Seahawks kick it off in New Orleans this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on Fox.