Tarvaris Jackson expects to be sore all season

Nov 3, 2011, 4:12 PM | Updated: 7:23 pm

By Liz Mathews

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s pectoral injury may linger throughout the season, but he hopes that won’t stop him from playing come game day.

Jackson was a limited participant in practice on Thursday.

“I feel a lot better than I did last week,” Jackson said. “Even after the game I still felt pretty good. I was a little sore, but I think it’s going to be sore pretty much the whole season. It’s important for me to get as much practice time and as many reps as I can get in and then play on Sundays.”

Jackson said that with a muscle injury of this sort, the more he rests it, the better it feels.

Head coach Pete Carroll had made it clear on Monday that he had intended to rest Jackson another week if possible, but had activated Jackson in time for the game last Sunday. Jackson had come off the bench to replace Charlie Whitehurst, but managed to finish the game relatively unscathed.

When asked whether or not he felt rushed to return to full practice, Jackson said: “No. I just want to be able to play on Sundays. I try to get some practice in, get as many reps as I can, but the whole objective is to be able to play on Sunday and be effective, so that’s what I’m aiming for.”

Jackson said that while the tendency to protect the shoulder is there in practice, once the adrenaline kicks in on game day, he doesn’t really think about it.

Carroll said that Jackson will continue to take the majority of reps with the first team offense this week but keeping him safe on Sunday is the number one priority.

“Never can we afford to get hit that many times, but that’s what happened,” Carroll said of last week’s game. “He happens to be amazingly tough and strongly resilient in handling it. He didn’t get hurt getting hit in the pocket — he hurt himself running the ball. So he’s got a knack for it and hanging in there, but we need to clean it up and this week it is so challenging.

“These guys [the Dallas Cowboys] are so good that it’s going to be harder than ever, but we have to keep him cleaner.”

Thursday practice report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

WR Sidney Rice (foot)
TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee)
DT Alan Branch (knee/hip)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
WR Mike Williams (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION

LB Leroy Hill (knee)
S Kam Chancellor (knee)

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