Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed tackle Russell Okung underwent foot surgery.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times provides details on Okung's injury and recovery:
Carroll said the injury was an attempt to finally fix the issues that plagued Okung last season — when he missed eight games — and that he should be ready for fall camp.
“He’s not working with us or conditioning as he can right now,” Carroll said, referring to the current off-season program “It’s going to be a while before we get him back. Probably close to camp time. It was stuff that needed to get done. It will give Alvin Bailey a great opportunity to get some real quality reps with the first group. … but Russell will be fine. Just something we had to do once the season was over. ”
“We know we will have him back for training camp but it may be sooner than that.
With Okung's contract situation looming, this is not exactly the sort of setback the left tackle wanted to see. The Seahawks recently agreed to massive contracts, and with Russell Wilson due for a raise in the near future, some suspect Okung could become a casualty of the numbers game.
CBS Sports' Joel Corry previously provided his take on Okung's contract situation, prior to the surgery becoming public knowledge:
Will Russell Okung be the odd man out with Seattle contract extensions? Rookie deal that ends in '15 is $48.5M/6 years with $29.3M GTD.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) April 28, 2014
The Seahawks are looking to repeat as champions, and losing a starting lineman for any amount of time is obviously cause for concern. Still, there is still plenty of time for recovery, and as Carroll indicated, this will provide an opportunity for other players to step up and see action with the first-team offense while Okung recovers.