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Houshmandzadeh gets off to a slow start

There was much talking and boasting and predicting from Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the offseason, who stepped out of the shadow of Chad Ochocinco to demonstrate that, possibly, T.J. is an even bigger pain in the behind.

Houshmandzadeh has promised a Pro Bowl for himself and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, along with a top-five receiving performance.

Houshmandazadeh has boycotted the 2010 Madden game, because the ability rankings didn’t make him sufficiently elite in comparison to the truly elite NFC wideouts.

So how’s it going so far in Seattle? In Week One’s 28-0 romp over the Rams, Houshmandzadeh had four six catches for 48 yards.

This week, he has missed practiced on Wednesday and Thursday with back spasms.

Possibly, he has been patting himself in the area too much.

The good news is that left tackle Walter Jones returned to practice Thursday, despite a knee problem that simply isn’t going away. Also back at practice was receiver Deion Branch (hamstring). Both participated on a limited basis.

The rest of the Thursday injury report is right here.