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Notebook stuff from Minicamp -- Back in action: After missing all or most of the off-season sessions while rehabbing injuries, several key Seahawks were back on the field in limited action Tuesday. Receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hernia) and Deion Branch (knee surgery), and running back Leon Washington (broken leg), participated in some drills with their units, although they did not compete in team sessions. Washington is considered well ahead of schedule from his multiple fracture of his lower leg. He ran and cut and took handoffs, and also ran routes out of the backfield. Houshmandzadeh and Branch also ran at what appeared to be near full speed on an assortment of routes. “It’s good to have their presence out there,” Carroll said. “They’re not quite fully engaged, but just to have them on the field working – and also having Leon out there taking some snaps – is great to see these guys get back in so we can have a feel for them before we get to camp. It helps everybody to have a sense of how they’ll fit in.” Houshmandzadeh said he felt good enough that he could have practiced, but that they were being cautious about his return. He said he expected to be fully functional at the start of training camp. He said he likes the mix of receivers on the roster now, and the way in which they offer such diversity in size and skills. “No two guys are really alike,” he said. “Everybody brings something different.” Houshmandzadeh revealed that he had a series of injuries he dealt with through most of last season. “I broke my ribs in the preseason and I played with three broken ribs for, like, the first six games and never said anything,” he said. “Then my groin and my stomach started bothering me and I didn’t know what it was. I never thought it was to the extent it was.” He thought it was healing immediately after the season, but it was aggravated and he finally had surgery roughly two months ago. He said it was the first surgery he ever had. Absentees: This final minicamp is labeled “voluntary.” Missing in action were running backs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, and safety Jordan Babineaux. Carroll said Jones is “renewing his vows” and Forsett was “getting married.” “This time of year, we’re supportive of that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. “The rest of the year we’re not.” Babineaux’s absence was not explained, although it was said to be unrelated to the claiming of former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who was released following an arrest for possession of a controlled substance (vicodin). Also on the sidelines Tuesday was middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who is nursing a hamstring injury. David Hawthorne stepped into the starting lineup for Tatupu.