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DT Branch returns to practice

The Seattle Seahawks finally got some good news this week, with defensive tackle Alan Branch returning to practice as a full participant.

Branch missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle issue. And with Jason Jones placed on the injured reserve list, the Seahawks need all defensive line depth they can muster heading into Sunday’s matchup against San Francisco.

However, receiver Sidney Rice (knee) did not practice for a second straight day, along with cornerbacks Walter Thurmond (hamstring) and Marcus Trufant (hamstring).

Cornerback Richard Sherman also did not practice today, and was listed as non-injury related on the team’s injury report. Sherman is reportedly scheduled to have an appeal hearing for allegedly violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy on Friday.

Safety Jeron Johnson (groin) and running back Robert Turbin (illness) were limited.

Along with Branch, running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and running back Leon Washington (illness) were full participants.

For San Francisco, defensive tackle Justin Smith missed his second straight practice with an elbow issue, putting his availability for Sunday into question. Ricky Jean Francois would fill in if Smith can't go.

Along with Smith, linebacker Clark Haggans (shoulder) did not practice today.

Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), cornerback Tarell Brown (shoulder), linebacker Tavares Gooden (ribs), receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), running back Bruce Miller (shoulder), linebacker Aldon Smith (shoulder) and defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (concussion) were limited participants.

Kicker David Akers (pelvis), offensive guard Alex Boone (knee), linebacker Navorro Bowman (shoulder), safety Dashon Goldson (foot), running back Frank Gore (wrist), offensive guard Mike Iupati (shoulder), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and linebacker Patrick Willis (shoulder) were full participants in practice.