Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 2:30 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for the club's Week 9 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"This is a really important week for us to get back to being really fundamentally on point," Carroll said.
"He's a veteran guy that we've counted on for a long time and we're going to miss him," Carroll said of Rice.
Another player expected to step up in Rice's absence is
"We want to make sure we don't go too hard, too fast," Carroll said of Harvin's practice schedule.
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:
- Carroll expects left tackle
Russell Okungto have a "real chance" of returning to practice this Friday. Okung, on the team's Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list, could comeback for the team's Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings at the earliest.
- Carroll described right tackle
Breno Giacominias day-to-day in his recovery from knee surgery. "I would think by next week he would be pretty active in what's going on," he said.
- Carroll says no changes will be made to the offensive line that surrendered seven sacks on Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, saying the unit's most glaring issues came from missed assignments in pass protection. "We're still trying to grow and do as well as we can with these guys," he said. "We need every snap we can get to stay together and get these guys to develop."
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.