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Mailbag: Branch no longer eligible for PUP

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

FNG from Puyallup, Wash., asks: Sando, The Seahawks plan to test [Deion] Branch's knee this week. If it were to not respond well, is he still eligible to be put on PUP as long as he has not passed a physical? If so, would that also be the case after week 1 when [Rocky] Bernard and [Jordan Babineaux] return?

Mike Sando: Rules prohibit teams from placing players on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after the mandatory cutdown to 53 players. The Seahawks had until Saturday to make that decision. They did not place Branch on the PUP list. That means Branch counts against the 53-man limit unless the team places him on injured reserve, which is season ending.