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Deion Branch Misses Practice, Speculation Continues

Deion Branch missed the Seahawks first practice following the bye week today and head coach Pete Carroll side-stepped questions about his status. Officially, Branch was away tending to personal matters. Carrol said "at this point" he expects wide receiver to return Wednesday and also said Branch's status with the team is not in doubt "at this point."

Seattle PI writer Greg Johns thinks something is going on behind the scenes.

Read what you want into Branch's absence. Obviously something is going on with #Seahawks receiver, but team hasn't finalized it.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

After almost a full week to take time off and relax, adding two more personal days surely raises some eyebrows. Whether the Seahawks are finalizing the rumored trade with New England remains to be seen.

More as it becomes available but keep an eye on the situation.