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George signs with Seahawks

Backup needed after Dilfer goes down with injury

October 30, 2002

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— The Seattle Seahawks, needing help at quarterback after Trent Dilfer's season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, signed veteran Jeff George on Tuesday.

Coach Mike Holmgren emphasized that Matt Hasselbeck will remain the starter and George is coming in to fill a role.

"It's important for our football team that Matt gets another shot at this thing, with the fans," Holmgren said.

"It's important for everyone to understand what we are really doing. He's (George) coming in to fill a particular role."

The Seahawks (2-5) play the visiting Washington Redskins (3-4) on Sunday.

Hasselbeck struggled and was booed by Seattle fans last season before yielding the job to Dilfer, who started all seven games this fall. Dilfer took an awkward step while dropping back to pass during the second quarter against the Cowboys.

George, who wasn't available for interviews, played with the Washington Redskins last season. George has thrown for 25,860 yards, with 147 touchdowns and 102 interceptions in 12 NFL seasons.

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