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John Boyle | jboyle@heraldnet.com
Published: Friday, August 7, 2009, 9:59 p.m.

Branch returns, Housh does some coaching, and other Friday night notes

Just got home from the Seahawks second practice of the day, this one taking place at Husky Stadium in front of a few thousand fans.

The best news of the day for the team was that receiver Deion Branch returned to practice after missing the last three with a swollen knee.

And speaking of receivers, gotta give a little bit of praise to new wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh since I singled out Lofa Tatupu the other day for signing tons of autographs. Housh spent a solid 15 or 20 minutes at the end of practice chatting with a few UW cornerbacks who were among the many UW football players watching the Seahawks in action.

Cornerbacks Vonzell McDowell, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley and JC transfer Dominique Gaisie were attentive listeners the whole time as the Pro-Bowl receiver gave them some hands-on pointers on what moves receivers might use, what techniques could work. Perhaps more importantly, he spent some time preaching the value of taking advantage of their free education, something Richardson said means a lot coming from a star NFL player.

One last thing on the receivers, apparently Jordan Kent, one of the seven receivers trying to make the team, made a nice catch on a jump ball in the end zone at the end of practice. I missed this (I think I spent too long watching Coach Housh in action) but my assistants in the stands, Austin, Steve, Joey and Kim, tell me it was one heck of a catch.

Nothing new on the Chris Spencer injury, they're still saying it's not a high-ankle sprain, which is good news for the line. Ray Willis, who sat out this morning, came back for the evening practice.


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