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Branch Out w/ a Sore Knee; Others Sit on the Sidelines

Wide out Deion Branch missed a second consecutive day of practice on Thursday due to a sore knee. A team spokesman said Branch was hurt from practicing on it Friday through Tuesday. His status is day to day.

Branch jogged off the field with a big grin after signing autographs for fans following practice. He has had two surgeries on his left knee since he hurt it making in the 2008 playoffs. Branch joined nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones and 2008 Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant on the sideline for consecutive practices this week.

The 35-year-old Jones, who had microfracture knee surgery last winter, hasn’t participated since the first practice of training camp on Friday. Coach Jim Mora said Jones has back spasms.

Normally, the Seahawks wouldn’t think much of Jones being out of camp. He’s missed multiple summers in the past because of contract issues and has returned to play well. But this season, Mora and Seattle’s first-year offensive coordinator Greg Knapp are installing an offense that is new to Jones and the rest of the team’s veterans.

Trufant, who is also under a new scheme with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, hasn’t practiced yet in camp. He twisted his back reaching for a pass in a pre-camp drill last week. Mora said the injury is minor but that the team is being cautious with another back injury.

Reserve linebacker Lance Laury missed practice with a shoulder injury. Rookie free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett was out with a knee injury.

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