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Dilfer may sub for ailing QB

By wire services
Published November 20, 2004

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck did not practice Friday because of a leg injury and was downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against Miami.

Trent Dilfer took all the snaps with Seattle's No. 1 offense and will start if Hasselbeck cannot play.

"We'll still wait until Sunday to make the decision," coach Mike Holmgren said. "But if he's not noticeably better, then Trent will play."

Hasselbeck has not missed a game since replacing Dilfer as the starter in November 2003. Dilfer has a 6-4 record as the Seahawks' starting quarterback since coming to Seattle in 2001.

Hasselbeck got a charley horse on his first snap in last Sunday's loss to St. Louis when he banged into running back Shaun Alexander on a handoff. He stayed in the game, but has been bothered by the injury all week.

Rooney weighs in on MNF

Steelers owner Dan Rooney called a steamy segment for the intro to Monday Night Football "disgraceful" and criticized ABC for "miserable" judgment.

The longtime owner, writing in an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, is the latest to weigh in on the skit that aired before the Dallas-Philadelphia game.

"The opening was out of place and should not have been part of the broadcast," Rooney wrote in the article titled "Out of Bounds." "I thought it was disgraceful."

The segment generated complaints to ABC and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as to NFL teams.

"At the Steelers offices (and at those of most other NFL teams), we were flooded with phone calls and e-mail messages protesting the video's salacious content," Rooney wrote. "Many of those fans said they were watching with their children and did not expect to see such material."

BILLS: Receiver Josh Reed and cornerback Troy Vincent will miss Sunday's game against the Rams.

BRONCOS: Safety John Lynch expects to play when Denver travels to New Orleans on Sunday, his first game since suffering a stress fracture just above his tailbone three weeks ago.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde returned to practice after missing a day because of an undisclosed illness.

GIANTS: Center Shaun O'Hara and safety Gibril Wilson missed their third straight day of practice, but coach Tom Coughlin did not rule them out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

PACKERS: Darren Sharper, coming back from a knee injury, practiced for the first time this week and said he expects to start Sunday night against brother Jamie's Texans. Darren Sharper was limited in last Sunday's win over the Vikings.

PANTHERS: Kicker John Kasay will miss Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a strained right calf muscle, and former Gators kicker Jeff Chandler was activated off the practice squad.

HALL OF FAME: Dan Marino and former Buccaneer Steve Young highlighted a list of 25 candidates. The former All-Pro quarterbacks are among six first-year eligible players. The nominees were chosen by the board of selectors from a previously announced list of 90 candidates.

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