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News, notes and quotes from Carroll: Bryant and Kearse healing

Pete Carroll said Red Bryant has back spasms that should calm down within 3-4 days. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is out of his walking boot after spraining his ankle Sunday. Carroll said he is "moving around pretty good today."

Carroll also said OL Breno Giacomini was pulled from the game because he was "hobbling" out there. Giacomini has a sore knee.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith will be ready this week. Carroll said he was pretty much ready last week, but they made a roster decision to give him another day.

UPDATE: The Seahawks have officially place Russell Okung on the injured reserve list with a designation to return. They also made the signing of T Caylin Hauptmann to the practice squad official.

On to the quick hits:

> Carroll said Paul McQuistan was better Sunday. "No breakdowns," Carroll said. McQuistan and the rest of the line will have a huge challenge with J.J. Watt this Sunday.

> Carroll said he thought the offense functioned better. Getting rid of the penalties -- the offense had just two -- helped them get some rhythm.

> In regard to Chris Clemons: "This week I think we'll get some more out of him."

> The Seahawks are plus-6 in turnovers three weeks into the season despite two turnovers Sunday. Carroll said that will continue to be the priority.

> Carroll also said rookie offensive linemen Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie played well. "We're really excited," Carroll said about them. He thinks the talent is there, just needs to figure out how to get them more game action.

> Of defensive lineman Michael Bennett, Carroll said they picked up, "more than we thought" when they signed him. Carroll touted Bennett's versatility and effort.

> Carroll said he thinks Russell Wilson has always thrown guys open or trusted them enough to put the ball up and allow them to make plays. We saw examples of that Sunday with Golden Tate and Sidney Rice.

> Center Max Unger has a left arm issue that Carroll did not get into specifics about.

> Carroll also lauded Tate for how he has handled punt returns. He said Tate makes the proper read most of the time and the yards that he either saves or gains are crucial.

> On the overall start: "It's a good start." He said of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, "I can feel the difference in Dan's emphases."

> Carroll said he thought Tate's block that injured Jacksonville safety Dwight Lowery was legal and that he hopes Lowery is all right. The Seahawks have not heard from the league about it.