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Seattle suffered only two injuries of note in the 45-17 victory Sunday over Jacksonville, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated each player could be back soon.

Carroll said defensive end Red Bryant, who left the game with back spasms, should be able to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

“He’s got a sore back today (Monday), kind of stiff and all that, got in an awkward position and just tweaked it so he’s got muscle spasms,’’ Carroll said. “Usually those can get taken care of in three or four days, so he should be all right.’’

Carroll said receiver Jermaine Kearse, who left the game early with a sprained ankle, was “moving around pretty well,’’ and noted that Kearse shed his protective boot shortly after leaving the stadium Sunday, “trying to show us that he’s ready to go, so we’ll see what happens.’’

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Carroll said right tackle Breno Giacomini has a sore knee and that he came out of the game a little early because “we thought he needed a break.’’

He also said center Max Unger dealt with a sore left arm during the game.

Carroll said linebacker Malcolm Smith, who didn’t play after hurting his hamstring against the 49ers, could have played but that the roster had already been set so they decided to have him sit it out. He will be back this week.


• The Texans have injuries to watch to two of their better offensive players — receiver Andre Johnson and left tackle Duane Brown. Johnson was kicked in the shin Sunday in the 30-9 loss to Baltimore. Coach Gary Kubiak said X-rays were negative and Johnson should be fine. He was listed as day-to-day. Brown had a string of 78 consecutive starts snapped when he sat out with a toe injury. He also is day-to-day this week.

• Monday, the Seahawks signed offensive tackle Caylin Hauptmann from the Browns practice squad to take the place of the injured Russell Okung on the active 53-man roster. Hauptmann signed with Cleveland as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Florida International.

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