RENTON, Wash. (AP) -Matt Hasselbeck has a bulging disk in his back.
So what? The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback and his coach say 85 percent of you do, too - and you'd know it if you had an MRI on your back.
Just as he did following a dreadful season-opening loss at Buffalo on Sunday, Hasselbeck on Monday downplayed an ESPN television report from Sunday morning that he has a bulging disk in his back.
Hasselbeck missed all but the first two series of the preseason with what he has called back spasms sustained in ``an incident'' in practice before his brief appearance in the first exhibition game Aug. 8 at Minnesota. He returned to practice last week.
He said he's pain free there now. Doctors told him the bulging disk is probably an old injury that showed up on a recent MRI to detect his training camp pain.
eceive treatment on it any more. So to me, it's kind of a non-thing.
``Today, as an example, I usually come in and ice my injuries. The only I iced was my throwing arm, just standard procedure.''
After Sunday's loss, the second worst margin of defeat in Seattle's 33 openers, coach Mike Holmgren said Hasselbeck received some ``medicine to kind of make it better'' last month.
That apparently was an injection of cortisone, a common treatment for inflammations, since Hasselbeck said it wasn't a painkilling one so he could play.
``I think coach Holmgren said there was an injection. There was. It was a long time ago, when I was sitting out, doing nothing, watching training camp,'' Hasselbeck said. ``That's pretty much why I was sitting out. That, again, was not even necessary. That was more of a, 'Let's be sure that he's ready to go in Buffalo.' And in looking back, I kind of wish I wasn't ready to go for Buffalo.''

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