Russell Okung Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Toe
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 17:
SEA Inactives #MINvsSEA: CB Browner, FB Coleman, T Bowie, T Hauptmann, DE Schofield, DE Mayowa, DT Hill.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 17, 2013
Updates for Wednesday, Nov. 13
Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR has an update on Russell Okung's status from head coach Pete Carroll:
Pete Carroll says WR Percy Harvin, T Russell Okung, T Breno Giacomini, C Max Unger and DE Red Bryant all will practice today.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 13, 2013
From Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
Meanwhile, I spoke briefly with Russell Okung, who was walking stadium steps pregame. Confident he'll be back when eligible (Wk 11).— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 29, 2013
Todd Dybas of The Seattle News Tribune has the latest on Okung's status:
(On Russell Okung’s status…) “Well Russell [Okung] has got a process here of four weeks that he’s got to get through from, I think it’s two weeks now, and then he will have a chance after those two weeks to practice with us and then after that, which is still four weeks from now, he’ll have a chance to return. So he’s doing really well. He’s working out; he’s doing the rehab stuff that they can do. Can’t get out on the practice field for a bit yet but, we’re really encouraged that eh will make it back after that time. Still seems like it’s a really long time. But, we’ll be happy to get him back when we can get him.”
(On Okung being ready to practice in the next two weeks…) “I think that’s the case. I think that’s the case. I didn’t know what the status was when it first happened. If you can recall, I had no idea what it was called. The details had escaped me as well.”
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
The Seahawks have officially made a decision on what to do with Okung according to the teams Twitter account:
T Russell Okung has been placed on the IR/designated to return list & T Caylin Hauptmann has been signed from the @Browns practice squad.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 23, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
From Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:
Seahawks confirm okung going on IR with designated to return status. Also Chris Clemons will play this week.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept 20
From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Seahawks LT Russell Okung gets encouraging news from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on toe. Likely headed to IR w return designation.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19
From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
Seattle LT Russell Okung will visit Dr. James Andrews this week to get further information on his injured toe— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 19, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 18
From the Everett Herald's John Boyle:
Russell Okung is out of town getting another opinion on his inured toe, Pete Carroll said. Out this week.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 18, 2013
From the Associated Press' Tim Booth:
Paul McQuistan to start at LT #Seahawks— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) September 18, 2013
Okung was carted off the field toward the end of the first quarter in Seattle's 29-3 romp over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. He was injured after stepping awkwardly on his left foot while trying to engage with 49ers defensive end Justin Smith. Crumpling to the ground in pain, Okung was attended to by trainers before being taken to the locker room for subsequent testing.
Although Okung returned to the sidelines midway through the second quarter, the Seahawks eventually confirmed that he would sit out the remainder of the game. A source close to the situation told Pro Football Talk's Mike Wilkening that the initial diagnosis was a turf toe.
A turf toe injury is caused by “joint hyperextension with tearing of the plantar plate complex,” according to Dr. Blake Ohlson (Medscape). Offensive linemen typically have a bit of difficulty recovering from these types of injuries because of the necessity of hard plants on their feet.
If Okung’s injury is long-term, the Seahawks could be hurting on the offensive line. Starting left guard Paul McQuistan took over for Okung on Sunday night, and could shift there for the duration of his absence. The 30-year-old McQuistan has filled in all over the offensive line during his career, but has been exclusively used as a guard each of the past two seasons.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones tweets that coach Carroll doesn't expect him back for Week 3:
Pete Carroll said he doesnt think it is possible Russell Okung plays Sun vs Jax. Won't speculate further on timeline for return from toe inj— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 17, 2013
Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, both rookies, are the only other two tackles on Seattle’s roster. Bailey is listed as the second-string tackle on the current iteration of the Seahawks' depth chart.
Okung, who was the sixth pick of the 2010 NFL draft, had a breakout season in 2012. He allowed only two sacks and broke out as one of the best pass protectors in the league. Pro Football Focus measured Okung as the NFL's third most-efficient pass blocker last season.
More importantly, Okung stayed healthy for the first time in his career. After missing multiple games in each of his first two pro seasons, the 25-year-old Texas native missed just one contest. Sunday will likely be the 12th missed game overall in three-plus NFL seasons.
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