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Favre to start, Hasselbeck to return on Monday

Nov 22, 2006 - 1:11 AM Green Bay (4-6) at Seattle (6-4) 8:30 pm EST

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Brett Favre will continue his ironman streak and Matt Hasselbeck will return when the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

The NFL's second all-time leading passer, Favre suffered a right elbow injury last week, but will make his 252nd straight start, including playoffs, for the Packers.

Matt Hasselbeck, who started in the Pro Bowl last season after leading the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, is ready to return after missing the last four weeks with a sprained knee ligament.

Hasselbeck's return could not come soon enough for Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. Last week, backup Seneca Wallace was intercepted three times in the Seahawks' 20-14 loss at San Francisco.

Reigning NFL rushing champion Shaun Alexander returned last week after missing six games with a broken bone in his foot and was held to 37 yards on 17 carries.

Seattle leads San Francisco and St. Louis by 1 1/2 games in the NFC West.

The NFL's only three-time MVP, Favre left the Packers' 35-0 loss to New England late in the second quarter with an elbow injury after being sacked by Ty Warren and Tedy Bruschi. However at the time of his injury, Favre had completed just 5-of-15 passes for 73 yards and the Packers were already down by 21 points.

Backup Aaron Rodgers, a first-round pick in 2005, played the rest of the way and completed just 4-of-12 passes for 32 yards. He also suffered a broken foot, ending his season.

The Packers managed just five first downs and 120 total yards in their loss to New England last week. Ahman Green was held to 28 yards on 13 carries.

The Seahawks yielded 262 yards on the ground, including 212 to Frank Gore, in last week's loss to the 49ers.

Favre won all three of his MVP awards from 1995-97 and a Super Bowl title with Holmgren as his coach. Holmgren left the Packers after the 1998 season to sign an eight-year, $32 million deal with the Seahawks.

Holmgren failed to win a playoff game in his first six years in Seattle before guiding the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL last February.

Favre is 3-1 against his former coach. Favre lost the first meeting, 27-7, on November 1, 1999, and won the last three - 35-13 on October 5, 2003; 33-27 in overtime in the wild-card round on January 4, 2004; and 23-17 last January 1.

Hasselbeck, a former backup to Favre, was the Seahawks' quarterback for the last three contests. He was rested in the second half of last January's game since Seattle already had clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

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