GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch
injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to Seattle's 42-20 divisional playoff loss against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Branch, the former Super Bowl MVP with New England, returned to
practice Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 26 due to a
strained right calf, but was hurt away from a 7-yard pass play from
Matt Hasselbeck to D.J. Hackett and limped off the field on his own
Branch, tied for second on the Seahawks' roster for most playoff
appearances behind Marcus Pollard, arrived in 2006 after a
preseason holdout with the Patriots.
He then signed a $39 million, six-year contract with the
Seahawks that included $13 million in a bonus and other guarantees,
but he spent most of that year trying to catch up in learning the
offense instead of starring.
This season, he's been plagued with injuries, including a badly
sprained right foot that caused him to miss four games and the
strained calf that caused him to miss the last game of the regular
season and Seattle's victory against Washington last week.
For the season, Branch has 49 catches for 661 yards and four
Josh Scobey injured his left ankle and was carted off the field
on the first play. He was on kick coverage and tried to join the
tackle of returner Tramon Williams when Green Bay's Koren Robinson
rolled over the back of his leg.
Scobey immediately reached for the lower part of his leg, and
couldn't get up on his own. He did not try to walk on the leg,
waiting instead with trainers for the cart to be taken to the
Scobey signed with Seattle on Dec. 4 after being released
earlier in the year by Buffalo, where he had five kickoff returns
for 112 yards.