Packers' Blackmon inactive, but Seahawks' Hackett, Branch ready

Updated: January 12, 2008, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers punt return specialist Will Blackmon was inactive for Green Bay's 42-20 win against Seattle on Saturday, but Seahawks wide receivers D.J. Hackett and Deion Branch were on the active roster.

Blackmon, one of the Packers' options as nickel cornerback, was limited in practice this week because of a foot injury. In his first start against Detroit on Dec. 30, Blackmon, who missed seven games earlier this season, aggravated a prior foot injury in the second quarter and didn't return.

He provided a spark when he returned a punt for a 57-yard touchdown against the Raiders on Dec. 9. Blackmon scored a second special-teams touchdown in that game on punt coverage by falling on a fumble in the end zone.

Hackett, whom the Seahawks like for his size and speed, has had a recurring right ankle sprain that has limited him since Seattle's opener. Hackett has 32 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns, but has been inactive for 10 games.

He had six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins last week.

Also healthy for the first time in three weeks was Branch, the former Super Bowl MVP while with New England.

Branch returned to practice this week following a strained right calf muscle. He has 49 catches for 661 yards and four touchdowns this season and is tied for second most playoff appearances on the Seahawks' roster behind Marcus Pollard.

Branch's comeback was short, however. The wide receiver injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return.


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