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Updated: Oct. 23, 2006, 6:22 PM ET

Hasselbeck to miss at least 3 games with strained MCL

Associated Press

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will miss at least three games with a strained ligament in his right knee, coach Mike Holmgren confirmed on Monday.

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An MRI showed the Pro Bowl quarterback strained the medial collateral ligament while getting rolled into by a Minnesota pass rusher during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

"There are three levels [of seriousness]," Holmgren said. "So he's right in the middle.

"He's on crutches for a few days ... I guess it's kind of good news for me. It could have been worse."

Seneca Wallace, a fourth-year veteran, will make his first NFL start on Sunday at Kansas City (3-3). Hasselbeck will also miss the Monday night game against Oakland on Nov. 6 and the rematch against St. Louis at home on Nov. 12.

The Seahawks (4-2) are already without league MVP Shaun Alexander, who remains out indefinitely with a broken foot.

On the opening drive of the second half Sunday, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson got past a block from fullback Mack Strong. Henderson then swung the left side of his torso into the lower half of Hasselbeck's right leg, which was planted after Hasselbeck had just thrown an incomplete pass.

Hasselbeck crumpled to the ground immediately, rolled over and then tried to get up. When he could not put weight on the leg to stand, he fell again and angrily pounded the turf while trainers rushed to his side.

Hasselbeck was taken the sideline with his weight on the shoulders of two trainer

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In their next 4 games they play Arizona, Oakland, St.Louis & San Francisco.

Hasselbeck can sit out the next 4 and Seattle will most likely post a 3-1 record, maybe better with St.Louis coming to Seattle for the Seaaaaabags. They'll be fine with Wallace at the helm and Alexander expected to return next week or the week after.

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