Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said that even though his team is no longer in the playoff hunt, there’s still plenty to play for against Arizona in the final game of the season on Sunday.
“The record doesn’t show it because we’re a 7-8 team,” Jackson said. “But I feel like we’re a better team this year, and it’d be good for the record to show that, too. I feel like we improved a lot throughout the whole season. So it’d be nice to end at .500 instead of a losing record.”
Jackson said another reason to play hard is because it probably will be the last time that all 53 players on Seattle’s roster will be together, with the inevitable changes that occur during each offseason.
“We understand the business side of it,” Jackson said. “To be honest, everybody in the offensive room or the defensive room understands this team is not going to be the same next year. So we just have to go out and play for each other.”
Asked to respond to Pete Carroll saying that he’s the starting quarterback for the Seahawks in 2012, Jackson said his focus is on Arizona this weekend.
“I’m just trying to finish this season and make sure I focus on this game,” Jackson said. “And try and be the best I can be for this game. But next year is next year. I’ve got to get healthy and make sure I’m healthy first. I haven’t really thought about July and August yet.
“The vote of confidence is good, but you know how fast things can change. But I understand that part of the game, and that’s not going to affect me, period.”
Jackson did provide some good news: He doesn’t expect to have to have surgery on his torn pectoral muscle during the offseason because of the healing and strengthen process during his rehabilitation this season that took play.
“Luckily now I feel like I probably will not have to have surgery,” Jackson said. “I’ll probably just do a couple things to help strengthen it, and that’s good on my end because I really didn’t want to have to go through that. Four to six months after having surgery, that’s time missed with the guys in OTAs and stuff like that.
Jackson said he’s been lifting weights on the injury for the past couple weeks, but there’s still an evaluation process he has to go through with team’s trainers and doctors to make sure surgery is not required to fix the injury.
In terms of injuries in practice, linebacker David Hawthorne and receiver Ben Obomanu did not practice for a second straight day because of knee issue.
Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (abdominal) and defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (calf) also did not practice.
Jackson (pectoral), cornerback Kennard Cox (hamstring), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (concussion) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (concussion) all were full participants.
For Arizona, offensive tackle Brandon Keith (ankle) and cornerback Patrick Peterson (Achilles) did not participate in practice today.
Safety Rashad Johnson (knee), quarterback Kevin Kolb (head), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), running back Beanie Wells (knee) and safety Kerry Rhodes (ankle) were limited participants. And cornerback Michael Adams (shoulder) and safety Sean Considine (foot) were full participants.