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No QB shift for Seattle vs. Bucs

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll decided not to change quarterbacks.

Instead, he's relying on Matt Hasselbeck to change, ending the rash of turnovers that threatened his status as the Seahawks' starter with Sunday's game against the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium looming.

"We're going with Matt," Carroll said Monday. "Matt has been our quarterback. He has been the guy that has given us a chance all throughout and gives us our best chance to finish off right."

Hasselbeck was benched midway through the second half of Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Seattle special-teams captain Roy Lewis went on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury that will require surgery. And Carroll said he remains hopeful cornerback Marcus Trufant (sore ribs) will play Sunday.

FAVRE INVESTIGATION: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he's still "following up" on some of the information in the Brett Favre investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate texts to make sure it's thorough and reaches "the right conclusion." Goodell was in Minnesota for Monday's Bears-Vikings game in Minneapolis. He did not elaborate on the investigation, nor on when he'll declare his decision. "I'm not going to put a timetable on it, other than I did say I hope it'll be by the end of the regular season," he said.

FAN SUIT: Seahawks season-ticket holder Robert Larsen is suing Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis, who threw a large chunk of snow into the stands at Qwest Field in December 2008. The civil suit was filed last week in King County (Wash.) Superior Court, alleging that the object caused physical injury, disability, pain, emotional trauma, medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity and other damages. "Snowball is a misnomer," said Jeffrey Sadler, Larsen's attorney. "It was a large chunk of ice."

DONATION: The league's charitable foundation is awarding nearly $1 million in grants for research related to concussions.

BENGALS: Terrell Owens decided to have knee surgery. The receiver tore cartilage in his left knee two weeks ago but kept playing. He aggravated the injury Sunday against Cleveland. Monday, Owens flew to Birmingham, Ala., was examined by Dr. James Andrews and had surgery later. Owens, 37, had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

BRONCOS: Rookie linebacker Kevin Alexander was waived hours after his arrest on a domestic violence allegation. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said that though the team was aware of his arrest, Alexander was released to clear a roster spot for cornerback Chevis Jackson. Aurora (Colo.) police were called to an apartment and were told by a woman who said she was Alexander's girlfriend that he assaulted her Sunday night. Alexander, 23, was arrested on investigation of misdemeanor assault and battery.

BROWNS: Cornerback Eric Wright will miss the final two games with a left leg injury.

CARDINALS: Outside linebacker Joey Porter has a triceps injury that coach Ken Whisenhunt says could be significant.

COLTS: A day after Austin Collie left his third game in seven weeks with a head injury, coach Jim Caldwell said he didn't know when, or if, the receiver would return this season.

COWBOYS: Owner Jerry Jones said Sunday that he was not optimistic about quarterback Tony Romo returning from his broken collarbone this season. Monday, interim coach Jason Garrett was noncommittal.

EAGLES: Rookie safety Nate Allen, a former USF star, has a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan said quarterback Mark Sanchez had an MRI exam on his sore right shoulder but that he should be okay to play Sunday.

STEELERS: The team expects tight end Heath Miller to play Thursday against Carolina after he missed two games following a concussion.

No QB shift for Seattle vs. Bucs 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:20pm]
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