SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF


WHAT'S NEWS

Matt Hasselbeck definitely had a December to remember.

The Seahawks' quarterback completed 72 percent of his passes (94 of 131) for 1,140 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions in four games -- numbers that added up to Hasselbeck being named NFC offensive player of the month, which will be announced today.

Hasselbeck missed the Dec. 26 game against Arizona because of a sore right elbow, but the league included Sunday's game for the month even though it was played in January.

"Part of it is he's healthy. He was beat up there for a while," offensive coordinator Gil Haskell said. "But he's playing very well right now."


ON THE FIELD

The Seahawks practiced yesterday. Receiver Koren Robinson didn't.

Robinson, whose status for Saturday's playoff game against the St. Louis Rams has yet to be determined by coach Mike Holmgren, sat out because of a sore hip. Robinson did not play Sunday against Atlanta because he failed to show up for meetings and a walkthrough Saturday -- the sixth game he has missed in the past seven weeks for violating either team rules or league policies.

Cornerback Michael Harden, who had been on the practice squad, was signed to the 53-man roster to fill the spot that opened when linebacker Tracy White was placed on injured reserve.



The team also has signed six players to future contracts: linebackers Casey Carlson (PLU) and Grant Steen (Iowa), defensive backs Sam Massey (Morgan State), Charles Drake (Michigan) and B.J. Tucker (Wisconsin) and tackle David Porter (Iowa).


INJURY UPDATE

Three starters returned to practice after sitting out Tuesday: tight end Itula Mili, cornerback Marcus Trufant and middle linebacker Niko Koutouvides.

Still sidelined: Wide receiver Darrell Jackson (sore hamstring), offensive lineman Jerry Wunsch (illness), defensive end Grant Wistrom (sprained knee) and two players out this week -- defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs (sprained ankle) and wide receiver Jerheme Urban (sore foot).

For the Rams, defensive ends Leonard Little (strained groin) and Tyoka Jackson (sprained ankle) did not practice. Guard Tom Nutten (sprained knee) will not play.


TICK, TICK, TICKETS

The club was given a 24-hour extension on the NFL's blackout deadline to 1:30 p.m. today because 3,500 tickets remain for Saturday's game.

The team has sold 62,500 tickets since Sunday but must either sell the remaining tickets or have a sellout guaranteed by a sponsor for the game to be televised in the greater Seattle area. The tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and the Qwest Field box office, by calling 206-622-4295 or online at www.seahawks.com.


DID YOU KNOW

For the second time in franchise history, the Seahawks had three players with at least five interceptions in the same season -- Ken Lucas (six), Marcus Trufant (five) and Michael Boulware (five). The only other time it happened was 1984 -- Kenny Easley (10), Dave Brown (eight) and John Harris (six).


QUOTE UNQUOTE

"He has exceeded what I thought he would do. I thought he'd be good. I didn't realize the pass-rush ability, and some of the things he's demonstrated in the last few weeks in particular." -- Mike Martz, Rams coach, on defensive end Bryce Fisher, who played at Seattle Prep and leads the team with 8 1/2 sacks

-- Clare Farnsworth