Carroll: Center Jason Spitz signs; defensive tackle Jordan Hill to return

seahawks 09-25-13

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By Tony Drovetto, Seahawks.com writer & producer

Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team’s 1:45 p.m. PT “Competition Wednesday” practice and preparation for Sunday’s Week 4 road contest against the Houston Texans (2-1) at Reliant Stadium.

Carroll announced the signing of free agent center Jason Spitz to fill the roster spot vacated yesterday by the release of defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith. Spitz, listed at 6-foot-3 and 298 pounds, last played in 2011 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Carroll said rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) will practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday, but his status heading into this weekend’s game against the Texans is still a question mark. Hill, the team’s third-round draft pick back in April, has been sidelined for more than a month after he injured his biceps during practice back on August 20.

Several players will be held out of practice Wednesday with the hope of returning later in the week. Topping that list are wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle) and defensive end Red Bryant (back spasms). Carroll said he’s crossing his fingers with the hope that Kearse will be ready to go this weekend, while Bryant is expected to return to practice on Thursday and be available for Sunday’s game.

Below are some more news and notes from Carroll’s Wednesday presser:

  • Right tackle Breno Giacomini will sit out Wednesday’s practice with a sore knee. “He got dinged a little bit,” Carroll said, referring to how Giacomini came out of the team’s Week 3 game against the Jaguars.
  • Running back Spencer Ware (ankle) “won’t make it back this week” and strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) will not practice Wednesday. Carroll expects Johnson’s status to be limited throughout the week.
  • Wide receiver Percy Harvin is in New York continuing rehab for the hip surgery he had in early August. “He’s doing great,” Carroll said.
  • After reviewing the game film from the team’s matchup with the Jaguars in Week 3, Carroll expressed confidence in rookie offensive tackles Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, saying he is comfortable with the pair stepping in if needed.
  • Carroll expects the Houston Texans to pressure the quarterback more than any team the Seahawks will face all year. That pressure starts with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the third-year pro who collected 20.5 sacks and 16 passes defensed a season ago. Watt has registered 3.0 sacks and three passes defensed in three games this season. “He’s a fantastic player,” Carroll said. “We really have to pay attention to him. And what makes him better are the guys around him.”
  • Carroll likened the Texans play style to that of the Seahawks, noting their ability to run the football, play sound defense, good special teams, and incorporate an effective play-action passing game.
  • Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left the Texans Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens with a shin injury and did not practice on Wednesday, but Carroll said the Seahawks will prepare as is Johnson will see the field on Sunday. “We need to do some stuff to know where he is at all times,” Carroll said of the physical Houston wideout.

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