Today was the last practice of the week that was available to the media. The Seahawks practice tomorrow morning and then depart for Cleveland in the afternoon.
This practice was more normal along the offensive front, although Prok Chop did step in for both Rob Sims and Chris Gray at the guard spots at times. My guess is that Mike Holmgren will keep the same line intact that he has used all along, but was using Chop to send a message to everybody that the status quo is unacceptable. We'll see on Sunday.
Deion Branch did not practice, as well as Marcus Pollard. I talked to Branch after practice and he said that he did not want to talk about injuries. Not sure exactly what the means for his potential return next week. I posed the notion to both Gil Haskell and Nolan Cromwell that maybe Branch coming back is not the worst thing because it doesn't force Matt Hasselbeck to adjust to two guys back. They both blew that theory up. They want both guys back and they want them back now.
Hackett, not a big talker, said he felt fine. That was about all he said. Like trying to pry a shot of whiskey out of Vin Baker's hand. Cromwell said the thing that Hackett has that the others do not is size and experience. They will not limit him, he will be used full bore.
Hasselbeck did not look like he was limited at all by his oblique injury. In fact, unless you knew he had it, you really wouldn't even notice.
Shaun Alexander still is wearing a cast, though it is the smaller version. We'll see if he goes to the bigger one for the game.