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News, notes and quotes: Harvin and Willson practicing today

Pete Carroll said tight end Luke Willson (ankle) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) will practice today. Only K.J. Wright will miss practice.

Asked a couple times about Harvin, Carroll stuck to his answer of waiting to see Harvin get through practice today, then taking it from there. Carroll again said if Harvin plays, he's going to fully play. When asked directly about Harvin returning kicks, Carroll said, "We'll have to wait and see." Which was also his answer for how Wright is replaced in coverage of Jimmy Graham -- and standard go to -- when he doesn't want to answer a game strategy question.

Quick hits:

> Wright will run Thursday, but Carroll again said Wright will not be ready for Saturday's game.

> On Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane: "Those guys have been the foundation blocks."

> Asked why he didn't go to USC, Mebane said, "I didn't have enough stars."

> One other Mebane note: He said he picked up his angled stance at the line from watching Rocky Bernard and Chuck Darby.

> Carroll said Bobby Wagner has been "really good" of late. Wagner has an interesting overall line this season if it's looked at as a blind taste test: 120 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, nine passes defensed. A pretty solid body of work.

> A little more on Harvin from Carroll: "We're just going to mix him in," Carroll said. "He's going to play as the other guys play. We're hoping if he gets to that point that he can play, we utilize him as it fits. He has been a very dynamic football player. He has been able to create stuff that's unique."

> Carroll compared Rob Ryan, the Saints' defensive coordinator, a bit to Bill Belichick in that each will shift how they do things defensively from game to game. Ryan in a less extreme way than Belichick -- who will re-scheme entirely for an opponent from week to week -- but, in that Ryan will shift how much he blitzed and where it comes from. He dialed it down last week against Philadelphia.

"One week it can be a lot of pressure," Carroll said. "So, we don't know. We have to wait and see and adapt during the course of the game. We have a real clear idea of what we want to do based on what we see, but we will have to adjust."

> The Seahawks, of course, play a lot more base defense. Carroll said that's what every coach hopes for, that the base approach is enough to stifle the other team.

> A quick add from the Saints' Sean Payton:

"We signed Jordan Pugh, No. 37. We waived Isa Abdul-Quddus. Placed (LB) Parys Haralson in the injured reserve, and then we brought up (LB) Rufus Johnson from the practice squad. Vic So’oto we signed onto the practice squad to take Rufus’ spot: He’ll be in jersey 56. … (Haralson) has a torn pec. In fact, I think the surgery was done today."