'Nofa' Tatupu

    We knew the Seattle Seahawks would be missing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back) and top pass rusher Patrick Kerney (shoulder) today at Qwest Field, but when the inactives came out, it was revealed that All-Pro linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who sustained a groin injury in last week's victory over San Francisco, also will be absent against the Eagles.

   Tatupu has been a big factor in the Seahawks' last two victories over the Eagles. Last season at the Linc, he intercepted A.J. Feeley three times in a 28-24 Seattle victory. In 2005, also at the Linc, he returned a Mike McMahon interception 38 yards for a touchdown in a 42-0 Seahawks rout.

   There were no surprises in the Eagles' inactive list. As expected, Jason Avant (upper back) will not play; he would have been the sixth wideout, which is a lot, anyway, especially with third tight end Matt Schobel dressed because starter L.J. Smith did not make the trip, still suffering from that concussion he sustained a week ago against Atlanta.

  Stay tuned for updates.


Speaking of which, here's one: Donovan McNabb, who wore a visor in practice this past week, after being poked in the eye against Atlanta, was wearing the visor in warmups and apparently will play with it. So he won't be vulnerable to high-sticking, or anything like that.