Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was asked his weekly question about his strained pectoral muscle and how he feels at this point of the season.
Jackson said he understands there’s a possibility he might have to have surgery at the end of the season, but he is more focused on helping his team win games right now.
“That’s one thing I didn’t want to have to think about at all,” Jackson said. “Obviously you don’t want to have surgery, period. It was so early in the season, and I just got here. A new start – that would be probably one of the worst things that probably could happen to me, to have surgery that early in the season and not be able to finish”
Asked if he’s worried about being behind for next season by not having the surgery now, if he needs it, instead of the end of the year, Jackson said he’s more concerned about helping to establish an offensive identity for the Seahawks this season.
“If I’m able to play, regardless of next year, we’re living for right now,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to win each game every Sunday. Who knows what might happen next year? I’m just trying to be here as much as I can right now, and do the best job I can right now.
“Like I said, I’m not really thinking about the surgery, period, anyway. They told me it’s a possibility. But in my head I’m not thinking that. I’m just trying to make sure I’m healthy for each game and take it one game at a time, and let next year take care of next year. And if I have to have surgery in the offseason, I don’t think it will set me back for next year. Of course they’ll be some rehab time, but that’s nothing I’m thinking about right now.”
Seattle offensive tackle Breno Giacomini talked about replacing James Carpenter at right tackle.
“It’s bad when somebody goes down, especially the way he went down,” Giacomini said. “He was getting better every day so it’s tough to see that. But everybody goes through it at some point. I’ve been through it my rookie year, too. So you’ve just got to put that behind you and move on. And continue doing what we’ve been doing as an offensive line.”
Jackson said there will be a transition with two new guys on the right side.
“Those guys haven’t played as much this year,” Jackson said. “Paul got a little playing time, but Breno hasn’t played much at all. So we just want to make sure that we get them going early, and make sure they get their confidence going and know they can get it done.”