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Morning links: Branch wants on the field

Wide receiver Deion Branch was back on the practice field on Thursday as a limited participant.

But whether or not he’ll play remains to be seen. A lot will depend if head coach Jim Mora believes the oft-injured receiver is fully healed and up to full speed. Mora doesn’t want to risk Branch’s Hamstring injury lingering throughout the season, and would rather make sure its right early in the season.

And the Seahawks also have enough depth to get by for another week. However, that could change if T.J. Houshmandzadeh misses another practice and can’t play on Sunday. Houshmandzadeh missed the first two practices this week with back spasms, but all indications are the team is sitting him out as a precaution and he’ll be ready to play this week.

We’ll know more about Branch and Houshmandzadeh’s status for Sunday after practice today.

Seattle Seahawks

A breakdown of Sunday’s game against San Francisco. Greg Johns of talks to defensive end Lawrence Jackson, one of the surprise performers in the team’s win over the Rams last week.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press talks with Aaron Curry about facing the man with the stare this week, San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary.

Mike Sando of breaks down Seattle’s personnel groupings for the St. Louis Rams game.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald talks about the talented linebackers on both sides of the ball for Seattle and San Francisco.

According to this report, linebacker Leroy Hill is the latest Seahawk to suffer an injury and miss a chunk of time after receiving a big payday.

Clare Farnsworth at talks with linebacker D.D. Lewis about returning to the team, and also takes a look at the defensive tackle rotation in this Thursday practice report.

More Farnsworth: He details Sene-cat, Seattle’s package for Seneca Wallace.

Rod Mar of offers more good photos from Sunday’s game here at his photo blog.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle offers some keys for Seattle’s game against San Francisco.

ESPN’s John Clayton gives Mora props for how he put the Seahawks together in this audio link.

Our TNT columnist Dave Boling comes off the injured reserve and rejoins Seattle Times reporter Danny O’Neil and KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen in the Seahawks roundtable, which you can hear in this audio link.

Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and Seneca Wallace were on with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler, which you can hear in this audio link.

I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness about this week’s game in this audio link.

Ian talks with Seahawks linebacker Will Herring about taking over for injured starter Leroy Hill in this audio link.

San Francisco 49ers

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that 49ers coaches heaped praise on defensive end Justin Smith for his performance against the Arizona Cardinals.

More Crumpacker: San Francisco will honor former team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. at Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that right tackle Adam Snyder is getting some competition from new addition Tony Pashos.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News catches up with ex-NFL quarterback Kelly Stauffer, who played four, uninspiring years for Seattle. Stauffer, who held out an entire season when the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him No. 6 overall in the 1987 draft, said he understands what current 49ers holdout Michael Crabtree is going through.

Some NFL executives speak critically (off the record, of course), of the way the San Francisco 49ers have handled the Crabtree situation, in this story by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports on looking into whether teams should get draft pick protection.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee asks six draft experts where Crabtree would be picked if he goes back into the draft next year, and the results aren’t good for the receiver.Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic discusses how the Cardinals will try to get back on track in another tough game at Jacksonville.

More Somers: The Cardinals released receiver Lance Long to make room for defensive end Keilen Dykes.

Darren Urban of talks about an Arizona defense gearing up to stop Maurice Jones-Drew.

St. Louis Rams

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks to Rams offensive guard Ritchie Incognito, who says he’s a marked man.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams still hope to turn things around after a ragged start against Seattle.