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Thursday practice report: Branch on hold

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm with 16 Comments »
September 17, 2009 4:50 pm

Wide receiver Deion Branch suited up and participated in practice for the first time in over a week after missing the regular-season opener against St. Louis on Sunday.

“I think I have a great chance,” Branch said of playing this week. “But it’s up to Coach Mora though. The only thing I can do is go out there and show him I can move around, try to make some plays here and there, and hopefully that can get me to go.

Branch tweaked his hamstring in practice the Monday of the Rams game and did not practice the rest of the week. Seahawks head coach Jim Mora decided on Sunday that Branch was not ready to go, and placed him on the inactive list.

Branch was a limited participant in practice on Thursday. He’s hoping to get enough work in practice this week to show Mora that he’s fully healthy and ready to play. But Branch also understands that Mora has to make roster decisions based on the receiver’s long-term health over the length of the season.

“It’s a hard decision, and he knows I want to be out there,” Branch said. “But at the same time he has to do what’s best for the team and myself. I have to be honest with him and accept his answer, whatever it is.”

Leroy Hill (groin) and Marcus Trufant (back) are out. Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms) did not participate for a second straight day but are expected to be ready for Sunday. Brandon Mebane (calf) also did not participate in practice on Thursday.

Chris Spencer did not participate in 11-on-11 drills, but did suit up and work through individual drills for the first time since injuring his quad in the second preseason game against Denvel.

Branch, cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring) and Walter Jones (knee) were limited participants in practice.

Jones worked in some team drills during practice this week as the team slowly works him into the lineup.

Safety C.J. Wallace fully participated in practice.

For San Francisco, LB Ahmad Brooks (knee) did not practice. G David Baas (biceps), DT Aubrayo Franklin (shin), CB Marcus Hudson (knee), WR Brandon Jones (WR), G Chilo Rachal (neck), DE Justin Smith (elbow) and DE Isaac Sopoaga (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked with reporters today, and said the 49ers are better team than the Seahawks are used to facing the past, few seasons.

“It just seems like their talent is better than it’s been in the past,” he said. “That’s probably the thing that jumps out. They do a nice job of rushing the passer with just four guys. Their linebackers are playing well.

“Like I said their corners, Shante Spencer is playing well coming off that injury and Dre Bly is probably one of the best nickel guys in the game. It’s just a great position for him because he’s very savvy and very smart and obviously with Nate Clements those are three good guys right there. I just think in general they have guys at defensive end that are defensive ends, they can do it all. Their personnel matches up nicely with what they’re doing. They played a great game last week against Arizona.”

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley believes containing running back Frank Gore will be important for his defense.

“We’re well aware that he can get going,” Bradley said. “And I think they did a good job last week of one guy hitting him, and then there’s another guy there and another guy just making sure that he didn’t get going. That’s got to be the approach with all running backs. We had that approach with Steven Jackson. And we’ve got to be aware of where he is at, all the time.”

Notes from practice
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  1. seahawklovertoo says:

    In all reality Housh and Branch don’t need to practice;neither does Walt. I think Walt should suit-up but play only if it is necessary. Branch should not play more than two downs per quarter. As for Housh, I hope he will be fine by Sunday. If not 100% than he should not even go in. Even if we have to lose this game, it is not worth losing this three superstars for the whole season.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    No doubt that this will be a hard hitting game. It will be very encouraging if the ‘Hawks can get the running game going, consistently.

    It’s also nice to hear the Fisher, Branch, Spencer and Big Walt are coming around. But Housh was still out today yet expected to play on Sunday? That’s good, they’ll need him. Eric, are these spasms something he has dealt with before or is this new to him? Thanks in advance.

  3. seahawklovertoo says:

    If Housh and Branch can’t go, than Nate,Butler and Obo can be helped by Morrah and of course Carlson. Maybe two TEs can do better job than the ” AZ
    twins” against the 9ers.
    As for the “D” it probably better not to knock-out Hill and/or Smith because Davis is more dangerous than both of them. He is their future starter.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, also, does Mora expect Mebane to be ready Sunday? I presume his status is a bit less certain since you didn’t mention it. If he can’t go, you can bet Big Red Cornbread will be suited up and active.

  5. I am hoping Hasselbeck can get the offense going against a pretty good defense. I’d also like to see Julius Jones have a solid game. Last year he made a living against weak defenses and disappeared against the better defenses (like his rookie year). The Rams will start this season 0-7 so a win at SF will go a long way of proving the team is for real.

  6. princeaden says:

    Hopefully Housh is fine and just has a stiff back. I would like to see Walt be able to play a couple of series without a setback. As for Deion, I hope that he can make some contribution, that will help to begin to restore the teams confidence in him as well as his own confidence in himself. Also I don’t know if he will be active, but I hope Red Bryant gets some playing time this weekend.

  7. Dukeshire: As of right now I expect Housh and Mebane will play, but if they don’t practice on Friday then there should be cause for concern. I’m not sure if the back spasms for Housh are new are something he’s dealt with in the past.

  8. OutSydeDog says:

    I think that Walt should get in a full week’s practice without problem before he steps back in. If he comes along as we all hope, then it should be just another week or two. As for injuries, I really like the way Mora deals with it. The whole …..I don’t worry about who I don’t have, I worry about getting the guy I do have ready to go…(not an exact quote, but close). This year’s team looks to have some pretty good depth, and the coaches have them going. I can’t wait for this Sunday.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  9. OutSydeDog says:

    As for the schedule, I’m not in favor of expanding the games. With four preseason, sixteen regular season, plus the playoffs, that’s twenty some games already. Shortening the preseason to two games, making another two regular season games would be cool. They could even expand their OTA’s to compensate for lost teaching time.

  10. Not great news having Brandon Mebane sitting out of Thursday’s practice. Thursday is the day they install the 3rd-down packages, and I would expect they have installed some new pressure packages involving Mebane’s position to use this week. I wonder if this means Craig Terrill may end up playing some of those 3rd downs since he is the backup 3-tech DT, or if Brandon just stays in that 3rd-down role regardless of missing practice?

    When do Inactives for the game get announced? On game day? Mora said that different D linemen may be active each week depending on what the team wants to do. Week 1 it was Red Bryant sitting out, now I wonder what week 2 will be…

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Inactives? Yes, shortly before game time. I imagine that if Brandon can go, he’ll play regardless of missing practice time. Mora has said that he doesn’t instill a no practice – no play rule. If he can’t go, I’m sure we’ll see Bryant. Terrill played much more that I thought he would on Sunday but got to have a bigger body in there on 3rd downs.

  12. nighthawk2 says:

    What makes anyone think the run game is going to get going this week after seeing last week’s game? Julius Jones had 117 yards and a TD on 19 carries. A closer look reveals that 62 of those yards and the TD came on one play; on the other 18 carries he got a pedestrian 55 yards for a mediocre 3.0 ypc average; against the worst team in the league. James had a 2.7 ypc average, while Forsett only got 3 carries the whole game and managed a 5.7 ypc average. He might not get that with an additional 18 carries, but why not give him the ball and find out just what he can do? The only way this team will move the ball consistently is the way they’ve always moved it, by throwing it.

  13. tacstar253 says:

    anyone think they should bring in Derrik Brooks since leroy is out for a while. he knows gus bradleys defense and im sure he could teach curry a few things about it.

  14. With Herring looking like a stud in coverage and with DD being a very capable player, I think we’re fine. At this stage in his career, Brooks is merely a capable player. And he was in training camp. I know Brooks has played in a similar version of this system, but it’s not exactly the same so the edge goes to DD. I think we’re okay.

  15. nighthawk – I have thought the same thing as you about our running game. Take away that one run and it was nothing special the entire game. And, you’re right, it was against a terrible defense (one of the worst in the NFL). However, he did make that big play so there is a reason for a bit of optimism. I’m probably about as cynical as you about the OL (and I’ve love to have Steve and Ben at both G positions too) and don’t buy into all the love about how great they are after one game because they played a terrible defense. However, I did see enough to make me feel more good about them than bad. Still, they must improve.

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