Tarvaris Jackson has a strained pectoral on his throwing shoulder, but he will remain the Seahawks’ starter once he’s healthy. Until then, Charlie Whitehurst will step in.
For anyone looking to turn Tarvaris Jackson’s shoulder injury into a quarterback controversy, look again. And look elsewhere.
That is not the case, or even close to it, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stressed on Monday.
Yes, Jackson has a strain in his throwing (right) shoulder and won’t practice this week when the team is scheduled to work Tuesday and Wednesday because the Seahawks have their bye this Sunday. Yes, backup Charlie Whitehurst will step in during Jackson’s absence, just as he did in the second half of Sunday’s 36-25 victory over the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
But, no, there is nothing controversial about the situation of having the backup take over because the starter isn’t available.
“I think it’s controversial to have two really good quarterbacks,” Carroll cracked when asked the inevitable question.
“There’s no controversy here in this building.”
Jackson was injured at the end of an 11-yard run on a drive-opening play with less than 9½ remaining in the third quarter. Jackson had the option to run, depending on how he read the defense.
He had a MRI on Monday that supported the diagnosis that was made on Sunday.
“We just have to wait and see how he responds,” Carroll said. “He felt better today than he did yesterday. But we won’t know. We’re not going to know for awhile.”
Until Jackson can play, Whitehurst will be the starter and rookie free agent Josh Portis the backup. If Jackson can play in the Oct. 23 game against the Browns in Cleveland, he will be the starter.
Carroll was aware of the talk that Whitehurst’s performance in the second half against the Giants could create a controversy.
“Is it controversial if you have two quarterbacks that can play?” he asked. “I think it’s great that we do. Fortunately we’re in that situation where if Tarvaris can’t go then Charlie will play. But we’re going to hold out that Tarvaris will have a chance to get back. We’ll just have to see how the rehab goes.”
Both quarterbacks played and made plays against the Giants.
Jackson completed 15 of 22 passes for 166 yards, including an 11-yard TD pass to Ben Obomanu to cap the team’s first game-opening scoring drive of the season. Whitehurst was 11 of 19 for 149 yards in the second half, including a 27-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin for what proved to be game-winning score.