The Seahawks practiced for a little over an hour today. Leroy Hill (Neck), Walter Jones (knee), Koren Robinson (knee) and Mike Wahle (shoulder) all sat out of practice.
Players who participated on a limited basis include Matt Hasselbeck (back), Red Bryant (ankle) and C.J. Wallace (hamstring).
With Hill possibly out for New England, D.D. Lewis worked with the first unit and could get his second start of the season.
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Several lineman shuffled through the lineup with the first unit, including Sean Locklear and Kyle Williams getting some work at left tackle, and Mansfield Wrotto working at right guard with Ray Willis at right tackle.
Newcomers Na'Shan Goddard and Erik Robertson also saw their first action since joining the team, as Seattle's offensive line coaches worked to get the two acclimated.
Seattle wide receiver Deion Branch said it will be both exciting and strange playing against his former team since he was traded for a first-round draft pick in 2006.
Branch, who has suffered through his share of injuries since he's been in Seattle, still believes he has some good years ahead of him.
"Probably a little up and down, honestly," Branch said about his tenure so far in Seattle. "Coming in I knew I was thrown into the fire. All that stuff was good and it was fun, all the adversity. The second year I had big plans going into the second year. I started out good then a couple injuries bumped me down, and then I had the ACL injury in the playoffs.
"So then going into this year knowing I was coming off an ACL injury, I wasn't worried about that. It was just more so getting out there and trying to help my team win."
"He's definitely helped. He came in and definitely brought some leadership to our position. I think we needed a little depth and we needed a little leadership at times, and he came in provided that. He definitely gave us a spark.
"It's early I think, still. He's got an opportunity to finish out here and he's coming off a big-time injury. I like him. I like him a lot. I know when he left New England they really missed him and there were guys, particularly their quarterback (Tom Brady), who said 'Hey, this guy is a great teammate, one of the best we've ever had.' And it makes a lot of sense being teammates with him for a little bit."
Hasselbeck said he feels OK and that he felt good at practice today. He also said he's looking forward to playing against the Patriots, the team he rooted for as a kid.
"They've just had a great decade," he said. "They've been one of the great teams in the NFL, I think a model for other teams to try and follow and a team I grew up watching so it's an exciting weekend for us."