It turns out that that bulging disc in Matt Hasselbeck’s back that the team poo pooed when we were in Buffalo is worse than originally thought. The knee injury that Hasselbeck suffered in New York somehow has triggered problems with the disc in Hasselbeck’s back, the reason that he was unable to play yesterday. They sent him to a specialist in Los Angeles last night, and they said he is going to try to appropriately rehab the back for a week with the hope that he can be back against San Francisco at the end of October.
Now, there are a lot of unanswered questions here. Why did the knee injury prompt the back to flare up? Why is the back creating weakness in the leg? Is this a chronic problem that could bother him for the rest of his career? Mike Holmgren did not have all the answers, but the bottom line is that Hasselbeck is being treated for a bad back that will keep him out for at least one more game.