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Okung a limited participant in practice, will not play on Saturday against Minnesota

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm with 17 Comments »
August 18, 2011 7:05 pm

A week after suffering a left ankle injury against San Diego, offensive tackle Russell Okung had a helmet and cleats on as a limited participant in practice this afternoon.

Okung gingerly made his way through individual drills at the beginning of practice, including pass drops and some zone steps in the run game, but later did not participate in the team portion of practice.

He talked briefly with reporters after practice the injury.

“(I hope to get back) as soon as possible,” Okung said. “It’s coming around a lot faster than I thought it was, so I’m just waiting around.”

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, right, works against the offense at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. (Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer)

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that that Okung is still a couple weeks away from being ready, and will not play on Saturday against Minnesota.

“We know that he’s maybe a week away, or two weeks away at the most,” Carroll said. “He’s able to do walk-through stuff. And he’s staying up with the all installations and the advances. So it feels good.”

However, Carroll would not fully commit to the expectation that Okung would be ready for Seattle’s regular-season opener at San Francisco in three weeks.

“We think he has a real good chance to do that, but I don’t know that,” Carroll said. “I won’t know until he gets back out. But he’s way ahead of the schedules that we have seen him on before. And that’s a great sign, so all the indications are he’ll have a chance to do that.”

Defensive lineman Red Bryant was a full participant in practice, and back to his old antics.

Bryant brought tight end Dominique Byrd to the ground about 10 yards down the field out in the flat in a zone blitz drop. That would have been okay if it was a live tackling drill – but it wasn’t. Players were in shorts and shells today.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Red Bryant brings down teammate Dominique Byrd. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

About 15 minutes earlier Bryant clubbed third string quarterback Josh Portis in the back while rushing the passer in an attempt to knock the ball out of his hands. Red later patted Portis on the back as a way of saying ‘My bad.’

Carroll said Bryant will play on Saturday.

“I think when he tackled Dominique Byrd about 25 yards down field in a full-speed live tackle, we realized Red was officially back,” Carroll said.

Today also was the end of training camp, and Carroll again banged the drum for his behind the curve in terms of getting ready for the regular season due to the compressed time schedule because of the lockout.

“Everything we do is important,” Carroll said. “We haven’t had many breaks. We hadn’t had opportunities to do anything other than the stuff we’ve done. Our coaching staff feels good about, but we feel rushed. We do feel rushed, but it’s what it is.”

Some tidbits

* Receiver Kris Durham (hamstring) made it through practice today and will get his first game action on Saturday.

* Receiver Ben Obomanu (shoulder) fully participated in practice but will not play on Saturday, Carroll said.

* Asked who would lead the team defensively with Lofa Tatupu and Lawyer Milloy gone, Carroll identified David Hawthorne, Earl Thomas, Chris Clemons, Marcus Trufant and Kam Chancellor as possibilities to emerge as leaders this season. Of those names, Chancellor is probably the most surprising because the 23-year-old did not play a prominent role on the team last year. “He is a terrific kid,” Carroll said about Chancellor. “And in time, give him some games in a season, he’s really going to be one of the voices of this group I would imagine.

* And with Matt Hasselbeck gone, on offense Carroll identified Tarvaris Jackson, Robert Gallery, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, John Carlson and Sidney Rice as emerging leaders of that group. “The guy that I’m really anxious to see how he fits in is Sidney,” Carroll said. “Sidney is a great worker, and doesn’t say much. But the guys already are watching – you can just see them. They’re looking at him and watching what he’s doing.”

* Defensive back Walter Thurmond (ankle), defensive tackle Ryan Sims (knee), defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle), cornerback Kelly Jennings (head), defensive end Pierre Allen (unspecified), tight end John Carlson (shoulder) all did not practice today. Receiver Deon Butler (leg), defensive back Roy Lewis (knee), tight end Cameron Morrah (toe) and defensive tackle Colin Cole (ankle) also did not practice and remain on the Player Unable to Peform (PUP) list.

* The Seahawks waived cornerback Marcus Brown and re-signed University of Washington product fullback Dorson Bryce.

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  1. jarred767 says:

    Great news on okung, seems like he’s progressing much faster than many originally thought. Also great to hear that red is as active as he is, hopefully that comes through on sat.

    Can’t wait to see some more extended work from our starters!!

  2. I think most of us feel quite a bit better about the Okung news today than a week ago. It’s good to hear. Same for Red running downfield like a crazy man. I like it.

  3. Soggybuc says:

    Big Russ is such a good talent I think he can miss these reps and come on strong game time. good to see he is still a full go with the scheming.

    LT is one of those positions that sits on an island and you know what they have to do. remember Walt missed camps and did not miss a beat once the season started. I’m not saying Okung is any where near what Walt was, but he does have that potential. just ask Peppers.

  4. Mr Williams: Is there a roster cut-down after this next preseason game?

  5. jarred767 says:

    With Pryor becoming eligible for the supplemental draft, does anyone think the Hawks might take a flyer on him and try to get him. He seems like the type of QB that comPete likes (tall, athletic, strong arm, ability to be mobile). Or do they have too much on their hands with the three they’re already trying to coach up?

  6. raymaines says:

    So Red slapped the 3rd string QB cross eyed, then got 10 yards down field to knock the crap out of a tight end and then PC says “Bryant will play on Saturday.” Well, do ya suppose so?

    I heard Bryant on the radio today talking about how hard his father-in-law was on him while he was courting his wife. It’s no wonder the kid is so tough. I’ve got a man crush on that guy and I’ve always thought Jacob Green was beyond cool.

  7. raymaines says:

    Jarred, the Sup. Draft is kind of like a silent auction. Each team submits a “bid” and the highest bidder wins that player.

    Lets say the ‘Hawks bid a 2012 fourth round pick on Pryor, if any other team bid a third round pick, or if one of the 25 lower ranking teams from the 2011 draft bid a fourth round pick, the ‘Hawks wouldn’t get him.

  8. * And with Matt Hasselbeck gone, on offense Carroll identified Tarvaris Jackson, Robert Gallery, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, John Carlson and Sidney Rice as emerging leaders of that group. “The guy that I’m really anxious to see how he fits in is Sidney,” Carroll said. “Sidney is a great worker, and doesn’t say much. But the guys already are watching – you can just see them. They’re looking at him and watching what he’s doing.”

    Carroll named TJ starter but not leader of the offense.
    I like Sidney.. everyone is watching Sidney.. anything for Sidney…

    CBJ (clip board jesus) is still in play. The above suggests as much.

  9. I hope Charlie is still in play. He’s our only hope, IMO.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Am I to understand that Bryant dropped into coverage before laying the wood to Byrd? Lol. Please run that zone blitz Saturday. I’ve got to see this.

  11. jarred767 says:


    Yeah, I understand how the sup draft works (but didn’t really before the last week to be honest). And to be clear if we were to bid and get him, I’m pretty sure that we lose that pick in next years draft, right.

    So do you think the Hawks will place a “bid” on him or just stick with what they’ve got?

  12. Red and ET should trade places for a play or two! (only in a pre-season game)

  13. freedom_X says:

    If Seattle had to have a QB with considerable physical talent but who is raw and has a questionable past, I’d stick with Josh Portis. He won’t cost any picks, and has shown some promise. Why pay for a even more questionable duplicate?

  14. SandpointHawk says:


    Re: Roster cuts

    From 90 to 75 By August 30th

    Then quickly from 75 to 53 by Sept 3rd

  15. raymaines says:

    Jarred: I didn’t really answer your question did I? Sorry. No I don’t think the ‘Hawks would bid on Pryor, and yes they would loose that pick in next years draft.

  16. monmornQB says:

    I hope Thurmond can get on the field soon and start pushing Jennings. Personally I think Jennings is a liability on D other than as a #4 corner.

  17. timpolen says:

    Kelly Jennings (head). Ironic, one it’s to close to the ground and two it’s probably whiplash from watching Vincent Jackson (and every other receiver) run by him. Not thrilled with the signing.

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