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Monday in Hawkville: Breno Giacomini could return soon after surgical procedure
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 30, when the players worked out and had meetings to review Sunday’s 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans on “Tell the Truth Monday”:
WORD OF THE DAY: LOOSE BODIES
That, of course, is two words. But when those loose bodies were surgically removed from the knee of 6-foot-7, 318-pound right tackle Breno Giacomini on Monday it’s worth an extra word.
“The surgery went really well,” coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “The doctors were really pleased there wasn’t a lot of problem with his knee structurally and that he can get back quickly from this.
“The loose bodies are the little things floating around in your knee right there that get in the way. They were able to clean all that up. So we’re very hopeful he’ll have a good return.”
Until then, rookie Michael Bowie will continue to start.
“Mike’s going to be a good football player, we don’t have any question about that,” Carroll said. “He’s growing quickly. He was comfortable with it. It wasn’t too big for him. So I’m hoping we’ll see real steady improvement here in the next couple weeks until Breno has a chance to come back.”
INJURY UPDATES: MICHAEL BENNETT COULD PLAY THIS WEEK
As with Giacomini, it was pretty much good news all around – starting with defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who was taken off the field on a stretcher and to a Houston hospital after suffering a back injury while running into Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
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With Sunday’s victory, the Seahawks have won four consecutive regular-season road games dating back to last season. That ties for the second-longest streak in franchise history:
“Michael is going to be OK,” Carroll said. “He’s going to practice this week. He went from where he was to he’s feeling pretty good today. So we’re really excited about that for him. He was really scared.
“But he’s going to go this week and we’ll see how much he can work with the thought that he can play this week.”
Max Unger did not play against the Texans because of an arm injury, but Carroll said the All-Pro center will get some work this week as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Carroll said. “I’m sure we’ll be very protective of him early in the week and hope by the end of the week he’ll be able to go.”
Backup cornerback and leading special-teams tackler Jeremy Lane has what Carroll called a “hamstring issue,” adding, “We’ve got to figure out what that’s all about.”
BRUCE IRVIN RETURNS
Rush-end/linebacker Bruce Irvin rejoined the team Monday after serving a league-imposed four-game suspension. The club has a one-week roster exemption for its first-round draft choice last year, but Irvin will practice this week.
“We’re excited to see Bruce come back,” Carroll said. “He’s in the building and was excited to get back with us.”
Irvin led all NFL rookies with eight sacks last season and this offseason also was working at outside linebacker.
“We’ll see how he fits in as we start practice up on Wednesday,” Carroll said.
A TALE OF TWO DEFENSIVE HALVES, AND THEN SOME
One element that pleased Carroll most from Sunday’s game was how the defense played after halftime. The Seahawks allowed the Texans 20 points and 324 yards in the first two quarters – including 16 plays of at least 10 yards. They then held them to 152 yards – and seven plays of 10-plus yards – in pitching a shutout in the second half and overtime period.
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“It doesn’t mean anything, other than the fact we had a good start. That was last week already and what are we going to do now?”
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“What I was most excited about – and to really see it on the film as we look at the game in depth – to see the effort and intensity that mounted and grew as the game was going on,” Carroll said. “As we got farther into the game, I thought our guys were getting better.
“By the time we ended the game and you look back and see what the defense accomplished against a really good offense that had our number in the first half, to go all that time and not give up any points and really protect the field – they could barely get across the 50 – was a fantastic performance by our guys. We’re really proud that it turned into a win so that we could really take all that out of it.”
UP NEXT: SCHEMING TO CORRAL THE COLTS
The players have their “off” day on Tuesday, when the coaches will be compiling the game plan for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis.
Defensive tackle Red Bryant will sign autographs at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, while rookie tight end Luke Willson will be signing at the downtown Pro Shop, at Fourth and Pike.