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News, notes and quotes: Carroll wants to give Kearse more opportunity

Pete Carroll said center Max Unger will be limited in practice today, but is expected to practice full Thursday and Friday. Carroll also said he doesn't foresee any other personnel changes on the offensive line.

> Carroll said the secondary remains irritated with what occurred Sunday in Indianapolis, especially allowing the big plays. "We have been out of that mode for a long time," Carroll said. "The lessons were really strong because they were really basic, fundamental things. It's not characteristic of us at all. I don't think it's going to continue. Might have been a little wake up shot there."

> TE Zach Miller (hamstring) and LB Bobby Wagner (high ankle sprain) will be game-time decisions. If Wagner can't go, K.J. Wright will likely slide into the middle and Malcolm Smith would fill his post.

> Carroll said he's hoping the protection calls will be secured with the return of Unger. "The biggest issue is inconsistency on indentification," Carroll said.

> Carroll said the wide receivers are hard to evaluate because Russell Wilson has been on the run so much. He did say several positive things about Jermaine Kearse, however, and that the Seahawks need to get Kearse more opportunity. "He has done a great job for us. We need more opportunities for him because he's done everything well. He's been a fantastic addition and spirit on special teams. He's a very good route runner. He's a terrific guy on the deep ball. He's one of our fastest guys. We're going to continue to expect he'll be more of a factor. He's earned that."

> Carroll said he would also like to get Sidney Rice more involved. Carroll said Rice still does some maintenance work with his knee, but is fine.

> Carroll heard back from the league about the Jeron Johnson end-zone recovery of a blocked kick. He said the league reiterated what officials at the game ruled, that they couldn't clearly determine possession, which didn't allow them to overturn the call.

> Carroll said rookie TE Luke Willson did well starting in place of Miller. Willson said he had friends and family in the stands at Indianapolis, which is about 4 1/2 hours from his hometown of LaSalle, Ontario. Willson said so many things are happening at once he has no time to be in awe. "It's one of those things where you just prepare yourself in case the situation ever comes up," Willson said. "When I was first drafted, I wasn't sitting there thinking I would be starting right away, but I still approached it like that's the nature of the game these days, you never know what could happen to guys."

> Carroll said rookie right tackle Michael Bowie is getting better. "He did better again. He was more consistent with his helmet placement in the running game. He just looks like he is gaining confidence. There's fewer situations where he's uncomfortable or he has no clue what was happening. Physically, he's capable. Now, it's consistency and that will come from his confidence and growing with us."

> Breno Giacomini was back in the lockerroom. He got back to Seattle on Saturday after surgery in New York last week. He was predictably coy about his knee and said they are taking it "day-by-day." As far as not playing, he's not happy. "It's terrible. I want to play. This is part of the game I'm not really used to. But, I'll be fine." Giacomini said he hyper-extended his knee after being hit in the Jacksonville game and went for a second opinion, which confirmed what the Seahawks thought. He had to have surgery to clean loose bodies in his knee up.

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