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Carroll presser

Some quick tidbits from Pete Carroll's press conference.

There were 120 soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion (wounded warriors) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the press conference. Carroll welcomed them and told them how much the team respects their efforts.

This week's San Diego game, he said, "is huge for us ... we have got to bounce back from what we did last week"

The San Diego offense "will challenge the heck out of us."

Ball protection is going to be a key, he said, as the Chargers had six takeaways last week.

Problems from Denver? "We didn't take our game on the road."

Yes, of course the staff is tapping into Charlie Whitehurst's knowledge of the San Diego attack, but "It's not as helpful as you think," Carroll said.

Philip Rivers is "a great football player and an incredible passer." A key is to "make him move in the pocket ... he's just too effectivce and he'll tear you up."

Quick Chargers back Darren Sproules is "so dynamic, so quick, so fast, and they really know how to use him."

Carroll cited the play of linebacker Aaron Curry, especially as he has been holding the line against strong-side runs.

Leroy Hill will not practice and "he's going to be out for a while," Carroll said of Hill's injury .. "in the achilles area."

Fullback Quinton Ganther is bothered by a sore knee and won't practice Wednesday.

Tackle Russell Okung is going to run this week.

Receiver Dion Butler was a guy Carroll wondered about when he got here. But Butler "improved tremendously," he said. "More than that, he's really a playmaker.

Chester Pitts is getting closer to being recovered from his knee surgery, and will start getting some action at left guard.