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August 20, 2008 11:28 AM

Aug. 20 morning practice and updates

Posted by Jose Romero

Rookie DT Red Bryant didn't do much, but he made his first practice appearance since July 30. Bryant needed minor knee surgery and hasn't been able to practice since that procedure.

Looks like Charlie Frye will get the start again on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. Matt Hasselbeck missed Wednesday's full-team practice (there is special teams in the afternoon) and coach Mike Holmgren said Hasselbeck's back is still "tight and sore."

Holmgren didn't seem too concerned. He feels Hasselbeck will be OK for the start of the regular season, though he added it was too early to say if Hasselbeck will play in the San Diego game.

Holmgren said is encouraged by the progress of C Chris Spencer. But he was ambiguous about WR Deion Branch, who was running backwards up the berm at the new headquarters during practice.

Holmgren told Danny O'Neil this: "I was hoping we'd have him for the first ball game. And I said it before, the important thing is how he feels about it. You come off that particular surgery and it's a bugger, it's tough."

Holmgren said he was hopfeul Branch would be back soon, but wondered how Branch might react when he gets into a game, based on what he has seen from other receivers coming back from ACL surgery.

"It doesn't really matter what I think," Holmgren said. "It's important how he feels and how he's going to do this."

QB Seneca Wallace took some snaps in the team portion of practice. He's been dealing with a sore groin.

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