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Carroll says Okung will practice this week

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said most his team is mostly healthy after Sunday’s win over San Diego.

Carroll said his team has a few nicks and bruises.

Among those dinged up include WR Mike Williams (shoulder), DT Brandon Mebane (calf), CB Marcus Trufant (ankle), DE E.J. Wilson (knee) and LB Aaron Curry (hamstring).

All of those players are nursing injuries, but at this point have not been ruled out of Sunday’s game.

“We’ve got some guys we’ve got to mend,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how they do. We really don’t know how they are going to turn out until the end of the week.”

Carroll also said rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung will practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain on Aug. 21 in the teams second exhibition game against Green Bay.But there’s no rush to bring Okung back because Tyler Polumbus has been solid filling in for him at left tackle.

Carroll also said Chester Pitts will practice this week with the intention of playing on Sunday, and also will see some work at left guard. Pitts up to this point has been working mostly at left tackle as a possible fill in for Okung.

Carroll backed off his earlier comment after Sunday’s game that a quarterback draw was the right call on a third and 1 situation from San Diego’s 2 yard line at the end of the first half.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck failed to get into the end zone on the play, and time ran out before Seattle’s field goal unit could get an attempt off, with the team missing on an important opportunity to put points on the board just before halftime.

“Honestly, I realized after all those years at USC with our offense being so dynamic and all, I got a little bold about our situation. We need to take care of business a little better. I need to do a better job, and make sure we get our points when we have our opportunities.

“There not always going to come back around again like it used to seem like it happened.”

Kick returner Leon Washington said he had to wait awhile to see the highlights of his two kick returns for touchdowns on Sports Center, an adjustment he has had to make now that he’s playing in Seattle and not in New York.

He gave proper credit to his blockers on the kick return unit, and believes they can develop into a special group, much like the one he played for with the New York Jets.

Washington said he also received several messages and texts from some of his former teammates in New York.

Hasselbeck said Carroll told players on Monday that he would like the team as a whole develop an identity of playing like the special teams units have been playing – aggressive and assignment correct.