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Russell Okung Injury: Seattle Seahawks Offensive Tackle Carted off Field
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Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung was carted off the field during a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, prompting speculation from Mike Tirico and the ESPN 'Monday Night Football' crew that Okung may have sustained a "non-contact" ankle injury.

Okung, a 2010 top-10 draft pick out of Oklahoma State, missed six games last season with high ankle sprains on both ankles.  Obviously, Seahawks fans should be concerned that Okung was carted off the field with what appeared to be another ankle injury.  Whether Okung could not leave under his own power or the Seahawks simply did not want to take that risk, it does not bode well for a player projected to be Seattle's starting left tackle in 2011.

Okung's return is currently listed as doubtful, which is unsurprising as Seattle should not risk exposing him to any further injury.  He has been replaced by Tyler Polumbus, who has struggled to keep Chargers pass-rushers off Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

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