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RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks starting offensive tackle Breno Giacomini had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday to repair cartilage damage, but coach Pete Carroll said he expects Giacomini to make a quick recovery.
"The surgery went really well," Carroll said. "The doctors were really pleased that there wasn't a lot of problems structurally and he can get back quickly from this. They think he'll get back in a pretty short time. The loose bodies floating around in his knee, they were able to clean all that up."
Giacomini was one of three offensive line starters who didn't play Sunday in the 23-20 overtime win over the Houston Texans, including center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung, both Pro Bowlers in 2012.
Okung is out at least six more weeks because of a torn ligament in a big toe, but there's a chance Unger (who has a triceps injury) could return Sunday at Indianapolis against the Colts.
"Max is going to get some work this week, and we'll see how it goes," Carroll said. "We'll be very protective of him early in the week and hope by the end of the week he'll be ready to go."
Lemuel Jeanpierre, a four-year veteran from South Carolina, started at center for the Seahawks in Houston.
"Lem played a good football game for us and did a nice job," Carroll said. "He filled in really well for Max. We just had a couple of exchange issues, but hopefully we'll clean that up."
The Seahawks' line struggled miserably most of the day against Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt and the front seven of Houston's defense, allowing five sacks.
"It was very difficult," Carroll said. "[The Texans] are really good and caused us all kinds of problems. We were trying all kinds of stuff to double [Watt] up. He's a great football player and was a huge problem for us."
For now, Seattle will have to continue to start Paul McQuistan at left tackle for Okung and rookie Michael Bowie at right tackle for Giacomini.
"He survived the game, and I don't think we could ask anything more than that," Carroll said of Bowie's first NFL start. "But Mike is going to be a good football player. I don't think there's any question about that. He's growing quickly. I hope we will see steady improvement over the next couple of weeks until Breno has a chance to come back."