Reinforcements are coming.
Left tackle Russell Okung, right tackle Breno Giacomini and wide receiver Percy Harvin are expected at practice Wednesday.
Cornerback Brandon Browner will not. Head coach Pete Carroll called Browner’s groin injury “pretty serious” and said they will know more later in the week. The usual rotation in the secondary will step in for Browner, which means more Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell and maybe some Jeremy Lane.
On to the quick hits:
> On Harvin: “He needs to show all that he has done in rehab work has paid off and that can he sustain through each day. It’s really the next day we have to look at. For us, it’s not a pressure decision. Trying, again, to consider all the factors and make sure we’re doing this right.” This was the consistent hedge we’ve heard from Carroll about Harvin. We probably won’t get a full answer about whether he will play Sunday until Sunday’s inactive list comes out.
> Carroll said James Carpenter had an excellent game Sunday. Said he was very effective in the run game. Carroll also said Lemuel Jeanpierre played well. Rookie Alvin Bailey will continue to get looks. With the return of Giacomini and Unger, Carroll said “We’re going to use all options,” mentioning there will be a lot of competition in practice. He also added, “Just because those guys are back doesn’t mean you have to play them the whole game.”
> Carroll said J.R. Sweezy was dehydrated at one point and they tried to rehydrate him during halftime.
> On the injured players overall, especially knowing there is a bye week behind this week: “We haven’t rushed any of these decisions, we’re not going to rush them now,” Carroll said.
> Carroll said he needs to talk to the league about Michael Bennett being called for a personal foul when he was on the ground and sacked Matt Ryan. You are allowed to wrapup in that instance, but can’t lunge. Carroll expects to hear back by Wednesday.
> Carroll on the running game the last two weeks following the lackluster performance in the Rams game: “It’s the growth and communication, and the focus and all of the stuff that has happened. We’re getting better, which is really exciting. We looked like we were running the football like last year. These last couple games, we looked like we did in the last seven or eight weeks of last year. That’s when everything fit together at it’s very best. Hopefully, we can capture that.”
> Carroll said positive things about Christine Michael’s play in the garbage time Sunday. Said Michael has “exceptional quickness.” As expected, the challenge for Michael is pass blocking. Carroll called Robert Turbin is an “accomplished blocker” and pointed out a linebacker pickup from Sunday. Michael is still learning that and has to improve in all areas, according to Carroll.
> Carroll joked Cliff Avril was upset about the St. Louis score when asked about Avril’s reaction on the sidelines that was caught by TV cameras Sunday.