Toe injury likely to keep Okung out

Seattle left tackle Russell Okung injures toe against San Francisco, will likely miss Jacksonville contest

Staff writerSeptember 17, 2013 

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RENTON — Pete Carroll might have to patch together the left tackle position for next Sunday’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coached by his former defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley.

The Seattle coach said Monday that Russell Okung has a toe injury that likely will keep him out against the Jaguars.

The Oklahoma State product suffered the injury during the first half of Seattle’s impressive 29-3 win over NFC West Division rival San Francisco on Sunday night.

Carroll would not confirm the severity of the injury, saying only there is a wide range in terms of the amount of game time Okung could miss.

“There are some options that we’ll deal with here, and try and figure out,” Carroll said. “And there’s a little bit of a spectrum

here that could come to us, with options. We need to wait and see.”

If he can’t play, it means Okung will miss games because of injuries in each of his four seasons.

Last year, he missed the Dallas game with a bone bruise in his knee.

In 2011, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle when Philadelphia defensive end Trent Cole judo flipped him on a cheap shot at the end of a game, and he was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after 12 starts.

In his rookie season, Okung suffered high ankle sprains on both legs that cost him a total of six games.

Versatile Paul McQuistan replaced Okung during Sunday’s game against the 49ers, and likely will be the replacement for him again. McQuistan subbed for Okung at left tackle the last four games of the 2011 season.

Perhaps more important, Seattle needs to shore up its depth behind McQuistan, which means rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey must be ready to play.

Carroll also said rookie running back Spencer Ware suffered an ankle sprain on the last play of the game, which could cause him to miss some time.

“He definitely has a significant sprain,” Carroll said. “It happened earlier, and he re-injured it on the last play of the game.”

Cornerback Brandon Browner will try to practice Wednesday, Carroll said. He missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury.

“We’re going to plan on practicing him with the intent that he could play, unless he can’t,” Carroll said. “So he’s got a good chance of making it back.

Carroll also said defensive end Chris Clemons will practice again this week, but if he does not return for the Jacksonville game, he likely will be ready in two weeks for Seattle’s contest at Houston.

Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill’s strength in his strained biceps has returned, and he has a chance to practice this week, Carroll said.

PENALTY ISSUES PERSIST

The Seahawks continue to have issues with penalties. Through two games, Seattle is tied for fourth in the league with 19 accepted penalties for 183 yards. Seattle finished with 10 penalties for 84 yards against San Francisco.

Particularly frustrating for Carroll have been the penalties on the offense because they have stalled promising scoring drives in the red zone.

“We’ve addressed it consistently, but we have not seen the results we want,” Carroll said. “And so we’ve got some new ideas that we’re working out to see if we can get some cleaner execution, and just get out of our own way right now. And it will help us.”

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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