RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Deion Branch is expected to make his return to the Seahawks this week when Seattle hosts Arizona, with any fleeting hopes of making a charge in the NFC West almost gone. The Seahawks are expected to get both Branch and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back for this Sunday, but find themselves four games back of the division leading Cardinals. It'll be the first action for Branch and Hasselbeck since Oct. 5 at the New York Giants. Hasselbeck injured his knee early in that loss, and it was later discovered that a bulging disk in his back was causing weakness in his knee. Branch bruised his heel after it was stepped on twice within three plays against the Giants. That was Branch's first action since tearing up his knee in Seattle's playoff loss to Green Bay in January. The former Super Bowl MVP has been mired with injuries that have kept him on the sidelines for 14 of his 49 games since arriving in Seattle.
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