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News, notes and quotes Wednesday: Okung seeking second opinion

Left tackle Russell Okung is seeking a second opinion on what is reported to be a toe injury suffered against San Francisco. He will not play Sunday.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Okung is getting that second opinion "in the country" but would not specify beyond that.

Paul McQuistan will start at left tackle. James Carpeneter will be the left guard. Carroll said he though that duo did fine last week, especially considering McQuistan hadn't often worked specifically in that spot during the week leading up to the game.

"We're working quickly, trying to get it all figured out," Carroll said.

The quick hits from a busy day at the VMAC:

> Carroll said holding out Chris Clemons would be more difficult at this point than playing him.

> Spencer Ware has an ankle sprain and may not be able to play. That could mean the debut of Christine Michael.

> Percy Harvin is telling Carroll that he is preparing to come back "as soon as possible."

> Brandon Browner will practice Wednesday. When he's ready to go, he'll be back in his starting spot. Carroll said they are going to be more cautious with Browner than Clemons because this is the first hamstring injury for Browner.

> Carroll said it hasn't been a big transition for K.J. Wright from Sam backer to Will. "He came in with flexibility in his mind and athleticism." Carroll said Wright is not only good in coverage, but also a good blitzer.

> Asked if guys have bought into the "every week is a championship week" philosophy, Carroll thinks that's happened now since the core group has been here for a couple years, though there are initial doubts from player that the message will be consistent. "Guys are skeptical. These guys are pounded with our mentality."

> With Okung out, Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie get bumped up the food chain. Carroll didn't say if either would play Sunday, but that the best way to "bring them along" was to get them game action.

> When talking about tackle Breno Giacomini learning to stay away from personal fouls, Carroll smiled. He joked that Giacomini has been on the wrong side of the line between being aggressive and racking up dumb penalties much more often than the right side. "Hopefully, he's beyond that."

> Carroll on the offense: "I'm not real happy with anything in the overall offense right now."

> Carroll said Jeron Johnson is "getting close."

> Carroll on Sidney Rice spinning the ball after catches: "He's done."

> Golden Tate said he couldn't listen to loud music for two days after the San Francisco game because the stadium was so loud.

> Carroll said it will be different coaching against a person that he is so familiar with. He also said the process and pursuit for all assistants should be to become head coaches.