RENTON, Wash. (AP) -Deion Branch will start for the Seahawks on Sunday against the New York Giants, eight months after the veteran receiver had reconstructive knee surgery.
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Branch and Bobby Engram passed their tests of three consecutive practices this week. Both receivers will make their season debut at New York. The coach added after practice Friday morning that Keary Colbert or Billy McMullen will start opposite Branch. Engram will be in his normal role as the slot receiver.
``They really did have a good week. Now, how much they play in the football game, we kind of have to see,'' Holmgren said after Friday's short, light practice just before the team flew east. ``They'll be honest about it, they'll let us know.
``They'll be excited to play again and they'll probably be gasping a little bit just from being out there again ... so we have to be smart with how we do that.''
Branch is a former Super Bowl MVP who tore a knee ligament in Seattle's playoff loss at Green Bay in January. Engram set a Seahawks record with 94 receptions last season.
Morris and receiver Koren Robinson are questionable to play Sunday. Both did not practice because of knee injuries.
A noticeably large gang of eight healthy receivers walked off the practice field, smiling. It was five more than the Seahawks had just a few weeks ago.
Two of the smiles belonged to Branch and Engram.
``I'm ready,'' Branch said.
Engram, who set the team record with 94 receptions last season, hasn't played since breaking his right shoulder in the first exhibition game on Aug. 8.
Their return makes quarterback Matt Hasselbeck smile, too.
``Bobby brings experience and calmness to our offense,'' said Hasselbeck, who spent much of September at the bottom of the league's passer rankings. ``He is just a very steady guy and makes plays.''

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Seahawks vs. Cardinals Pick Will Sunday night be a defensive struggle between NFC West rivals the Seahawks and Cardinals at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Patriots vs. Steelers Pick Even with Ben Roethlisberger out, will the Patriots and Steelers still rack up a ton of points Sunday at 4:25PM ET?
Thumbnail Bucs vs. 49ers Pick Will both the Bucs and 49ers offenses struggle on Sunday when the two teams clash at 4:05PM ET in San Francisco?
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Eagles Pick Will the undefeated Vikings shut down rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles when the two teams clash in Week 7?
Thumbnail Colts vs. Titans Pick Will the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans find enough offense to hit the under when they meet up this Sunday at 1PM...
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages