Wednesday, January 16, 2008



KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Tuesday that wide receiver Deion Branch will have surgery on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

At his end-of-the-season news conference at the team's headquarters in Kirkland, Holmgren said the six-year veteran got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, of Birmingham, Ala., and is expected to be out at least nine months and likely longer.

Andrews will perform the surgery in Alabama "soon," Holmgren said.

Branch was injured in the Seahawks' season-ending playoff loss at Green Bay on Saturday.

In addition, Holmgren says Jim Mora, an assistant coach with the Seahawks, was headed to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to interview for the Redskins' head coaching job left vacant by Joe Gibbs' retirement.

"I think he is an excellent football coach," Holmgren said Tuesday from Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland, Wash. "He is a great communicator. He has great enthusiasm. The players respect him -- that's all good."

Mora is among five known candidates to replace Joe Gibbs, who resigned last week. He's seeking his second head coaching job, having gone 27-23 over three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, including an appearance in the NFC championship, before he was fired a year ago.

"He and I have talked a lot about Atlanta," Holmgren said. "What he thought happened in Atlanta, what I thought happened in Atlanta. And, if you remember what happened the first time around, you should be better."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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