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Around the NFC West: Seattle WRs back

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch got some work after resting injuries this offseason. Coach Pete Carroll: "This was an exciting day for us, to see T.J. get back on the field and Deion get back on the field and catch some balls. It’s been a long time since they’ve been out. With the rehab there’s the concern: Are they going to make it? Today, at the end of practice, it was great to see these guys get out and – with really good tempo – run some routes. Which means that they’re really on the mend and I wouldn’t be surprised if they can do some work next week."

Also from Farnsworth: an update on Leon Washington. Washington: "I’ve basically been in training camp since October, since I broke my leg. I’ve been in training mode, so I’m positive I can come back stronger than before. I’ve still got my fast-twitch muscles. I’m still out there cutting. I’m running straight ahead and getting pretty good speed. So from that point, I feel like I’ve still got it."

Rod Mar of seahawks.com offers photos from practice.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times passes along Carroll's thoughts on Leroy Hill and the sanctions Carroll's former USC team incurred.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Seahawks receiver Reggie Williams has looked better in practice recently. Williams: "He had a couple, nice catches over the middle of the defense and said he’s getting more comfortable in Seattle’s offensive scheme."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com takes a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starting offense. He's listing Tim Hightower ahead of Beanie Wells at running back. Urban: "Ahh, the most 'controversial' of the starting calls. Will I be shocked if Beanie Wells is starting in St. Louis? No. Could Hightower start Game One and then have Wells move in? Sure. Might they stay Hightower-Wells all season as last year? Yes. Have I mentioned before it doesn’t matter? I am feeling pretty good in saying Beanie will have more carries and be the leading rusher. The other details are window dressing." On the other hand, how many first-round draft choices meet expectations, as Wells has, without moving into the starting lineup? Seems like a natural next step.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says injured Rams guard Mark Setterstrom is getting a second medical opinion, common for players after serious injuries.

Also from Coats: Rams players discuss college conference realignment. Former Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis on Nebraska joining the Big Ten: "The Big Ten has schools in a lot of states where they just love college sports. You look at Ohio. The Bengals and the Browns, (the fans) are kind of divided, but everyone loves Ohio State. (Pennsylvania), obviously everything there is all about Penn State. And you can say the same thing about Wisconsin. So I think Nebraska definitely fits in there."

More from Coats: a chat transcript in which he says there's nothing new with Oshiomogho Atogwe or Brian Westbrook, but he thinks Atogwe will re-sign with the Rams eventually.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com lists 49ers players who have come and gone this offseason.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers cornerback Nate Clements will attend the team's minicamp beginning Thursday after staying away previously this offseason. Shawntae Spencer and Manny Lawson also seem likely to attend. It's a mandatory camp, after all.

Also from Barrows: a quick look at Alex Smith's practice experience Tuesday.

Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat offers notes from 49ers practice. Josh Morgan caught six passes from Smith during the team period.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Karl Paymah has benefited from the absences of Clements and Spencer.