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Quick-hitter from Carroll press conference

Pete Carroll just finished his Wednesday press conference.

Gallery and Rice will not practice today and they will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis heading into Sunday's San Francisco game. Carroll said that both need to get out and run some at practice this week, but both are guys who could play in the game with limited practice time this week.

If Gallery is absent, it's increasingly likely first-round rookie James Carpenter would start at left guard and Breno Giacomini would go at right tackle. Giacomini's strong preseason allowed them to test Carpenter on the left side, which might be more natural for him after having played left tackle at Alabama.

David Hawthorne will return to practice today, meaning the defense is at 100 percent.

Back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be at full speed for the opener. Carroll said there is benefit to Lynch going into the season with fresh legs.

Carroll said he was impressed with Tarvaris Jackson's poise in the preseason, even when things were not going well on the field. Despite heavy pressure against Denver, Jackson stayed cool and showed poise that "I think our players really picked up on ... and I think that’s why they chose him as captain."

Carroll said the Hawks would have no interest in recently waived Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard.

He also would not add fuel to any rivalry with SF coach Jim Harbaugh. "He did a fantastic job there ... I have great respect for the job they did at Stanford." As for their relationship ... "we don't know each other very well." Carroll said that, yes, they have talked to a pair of rookies on the Seahawks -- Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman -- who played for Harbaugh last season, to gather whatever insights they might offer.

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