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Hasselbeck will play despite sore arm

Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was added to the team’s injury report Friday because of arm soreness, but coach Mike Holmgren said his starter will play in the team’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Hasselbeck is listed as probable on the injury report after being limited at practices all week.

“His arm’s sore, so we just backed him off,” Holmgren said. “He’ll play Sunday.”

Hasselbeck appeared to injure his arm on the final offensive play of last week’s 26-14 loss to Jacksonville, but he would not admit to any injury afterward.

He spent most of the Wednesday and Thursday practices watching backup Seneca Wallace run the No. 1 offense while rookie David Greene ran the third team.

Bucs rookie banned for violating NFL steroids policy

Tampa Bay rookie fullback Rick Razzano was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids.

Razzano, a seventh-round draft pick from Mississippi, said through the team that he tested positive for a substance he used in training before joining the Buccaneers.

He did not identify the substance.

“I take full responsibility for my mistake and encourage all athletes to be fully aware of all substances which may be prohibited by the NCAA or their respective sports and leagues,” Razzano said.

“I apologize to my family, my coaches, teammates, the ownership and Buccaneer fans for the embarrassment and distraction I have caused. Let my experience be a further lesson for all.”

McNabb will start against San Francisco on Sunday

Donovan McNabb will start in the Eagles’ home opener Sunday against San Francisco despite a bruised chest.

The quarterback practiced for the second straight day and did not seem bothered by the injury he sustained in the first quarter of Philadelphia’s 14-10 opening loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Coach Andy Reid said McNabb will start “unless something crazy happens.”

Roethlisberger returns to Steelers practice

Ben Roethlisberger practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but is still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Houston.

Coach Bill Cowher said it likely would be a game-time decision. If Roethlisberger can’t play, former starter Tommy Maddox will take his place.

Anderson should be ready for Chargers

Mike Anderson ran without pain, showing little indication he had sore ribs as the Denver Broncos tuned up for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

“He had a lot of reps in practice today and looked pretty good out there,” Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. “So unless there’s a setback, he should be ready to go.”

Anderson, who is listed as questionable for the game, had four carries for 5 yards before sustaining the rib injury last week in Miami

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