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Injury update: Russell Okung suffers pectoral injury

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm with 35 Comments »
December 1, 2011 10:07 pm

Some of you noticed it during the game, but starting left tackle Russell Okung came off the field during the final series. Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Okung suffered a pectoral injury.

“Yes, Russell Okung got hurt,” Carroll said. “I didn’t see the play where they threw him down, but he got hurt. He has a pec injury that doesn’t look good right now. From what I heard it was really an unnecessary play that didn’t have to happen. You guys will probably see that. I don’t know if you saw it upstairs or not. He got thrown down and hurt his right shoulder or his pec or something. We’ll find out in the next day or so.”

That’s bad news for the big tackle, who has battled ankle injuries his entire career. We know how disruptive pectoral injuries can be for players, particularly for linemen.

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  1. pabuwal says:

    There is a school of thought out there where teams don’t draft OL high, but rely on coaching and cohesion. Those teams get by well with middle round picks.

    So far, that’s worked for the Seahawks the past few weeks and their journeymen OL but now it will be put to the test.

  2. pabuwal says:

    The Packers start 1 First Rounder, 2 Fourth Rounders, 1 Fifth Rounder and 1 Seventh Rounder on the OL.

  3. bird_spit says:


  4. aldenroche says:

    T Cole of the Eagles should be fined heavily for that play.
    After the whistle, he flipped Okung over by wrenching his arm.
    A damn dirty play.

  5. nidhighe says:

    At that point, someone should have taken a personal foul penalty and beat Cole into the ground.

  6. williambryan says:

    Cole was playing after the whistle all night. I was really surprised he didn’t get flagged for it. Okung is the real deal and this injury won’t stop him from becoming the best tackle in the league over the next ten years.

  7. I hope we play the Eagles again next year.

  8. Looks like the Seahawks will play the Giants again next year.

  9. ” In the locker room after the game, Okung was holding his arm completely stationary, and had to have his uniform cut off of him.”

  10. seahawk44 says:

    That was just terrible. Cole had better be fined! Why is it that whenever any solid continuity starts to happen with this group, the bad luck arrives.

    Question now is, if Okung can’t go….who plays LT?

    Too bad Polumbus was let go.

    I wonder if Big Walt would suit up for the final 4 games? JK

    Flozell Adams is still out there.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    “battled ankle injuries his entire career” He’s been relitively healthy this season, no? Aside from the Charger pre-season game, he hasn’t had any issues this season that I’m aware of.

    In any case, would they move Breno over and put King at RT if Russ is out for an extended period? Bad news.

  12. Sarcasticus says:

    I blame VMAC and the trainers.

  13. I wish I could go to Philadelphia and take a baseball bat to either of Cole’s knees. Just 1 swing as hard as I can swing it (and not have to worry about getting into trouble for it). That would be justice, not some stupid fine from a millionaire who won’t even notice however many thousands of dollars are missing.

  14. Palerydr says:

    @pabuwal you still think Browner has no ball skills???

    Bummer about Okung I didn’t see the play but I would think that if the Hawks feel it was a cheap shot then they will lodge a complaint.

  15. I didn’t see it either but if it indeed was that cheap, then by all means, VIGILANTE justice!

  16. So much for building continuity. At least everyone will have more experience for next season.

  17. that really sucks. gonna re-watch that play.

    okung played great night too.

  18. pabuwal says:

    It was cheap – it happened after the whistle. The Eagles were getting favorable spots and playing dirty the entire game. The Refs didn’t do anything about it.

    I said Browner has no skills on deep balls (when he’s one on one with the WR). And he doesn’t.

  19. Its so refreshing to see the Hawks fight back when teams come and try to dominate, if nothing else this season noone can excuse the Hawks of being soft and rolling over.

    The O-line in particular all look after each other, as it should be and stand and be counted regardless if they are starters are not.

    It was a cheap shot from a player who had been dominated all game.

  20. DFloydd says:

    Not sure if this is why Okung got hurt but did anyone see him standing up to the D-Line all night, getting in shoving matches and not taking any guff from any of them? I saw it a few times. He is young, tough and won’t let anyone push his teammates around. i love that. So i wonder if the Eagles targeted him specifically….he played great, too bad he was hurt at the end by a cheap shot…BOOO!

  21. DFloydd says:

    and I know other RB’s may be much better and have better stats but i wouldn’t take anyone over Lynch for this team…(see his 2 TD runs as reason why). He’s just insane….couldn’t believe the first TD. I thought the play was long over….and then flashbacks to last year’s playoff game came to mind when he came bouncing out of the pile…all i know is once he gets his speed and shifts into 4th gear I would NOT want him coming my way if i was a DB…..

  22. bird_spit says:

    re-watched the game this morning.. I was wondering why on the next to last play hawks went for a touchdown..puts that final surge in perspective. I am now wishing they would have just run up the score on the boo-birds. The eagles definatly were dominated at the lin all night. I would put that on the travel that eagles had, plus the hawks trainers. Hawks had more time for treatments.

    The play at 1:57 is over, and its obvious action continues after the play. Too bad NFL-N does not have a view of this action when Okung was hurt.

    Is there any video available?

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Watching Lynch last night I was reminded of Curt Warner a bit. His halting, jerky, uneven style is really unique. It’s awkward and I sure as hell wouldn’t want to have to bring him down either.

  24. bird_spit says:

    By the way, Okung is a true bad-ass out there. Love his play.. Also, looks like Gallery is healed up, and looks like the player we all expected all season. He is a guy you wouldnt want to mess with. Okung-Gallery are fun to watch.

  25. bird_spit says:

    TJ definately had moments both ways. If you believe Pete, then expect them to draft best player available in the 1st round. He seems sold on TJ.

    Lynch is truly a beast as well. But give Tom cable the game ball for designing some great schemes, and getting these guys to execute. I expect big things next year assuming continuity with Lynch and the OL.

    What ever the QB issues, a good to great run game removes the pressure from the QB position.

  26. “Watching Lynch last night I was reminded of Curt Warner a bit.”

    Maybe it’s b/c he’s not always having to dodge the first tackler from behind the line of scrimmage, but Lynch really looks quicker and faster this year, w/out losing any of this strength and toughness.

    There’s no debate, he’s the hottest RB in the league right now. Pretty cool.

  27. lousy quality – but video of the Okung injury:

  28. iHateJamieDukes says:

    Saw some of Zach Miller too

  29. GriffinNW says:

    Haven’t seen video, but Brian McIntyre tweeted this photo last night-

    “Play’s over at this point. Notice Cole’s rt leg.” Brian says.

    Cole is a punk. Bitch move. He needs more than just a hefty fine. How you can just take out a star player, AFTER the play, and not get a suspension, is beyond me.

  30. ryanryan says:

    For me it wasn’t so much that it was after the whistle because it was a continuation of their scrum…it was WHAT he did, he threw him over his shoulder like it was a hip toss – NOT a football move. I’d be interested in knowing if Cole has any kind of martial art training, thats what it looked like…complete b/s if you ask me.

  31. and from the stands- our section was pissed because he threw a punch afterwards as well.

    the UMPIRE should be fined his paycheck for not throwing a flag and a blatant personal foul and PUNCH which should have drawn and ejection. If they aren’t going to do their job they should be held accountable.
    stuff like this leads to conspiracy theories and gives them fuel.

  32. Screw fines. End his career the next time we play them if he’s going to get away with it.

  33. mojjonation says:

    The Eagles were getting favorable spots, and getting chippy with Seattle all night with no threat of responsibility. The word has been out on Seattle and it’s youngsters since day one, and all zebras look for them to do something, anything, to get a flag. Only five hankies last night was a miracle. The Eagles probably should have been flagged at least a half dozen times for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from action after the play. Considering they play in the NFC East, they can’t hurt some of the favorite teams of the networks. That mite slow down the money train that is the NFC (L)East.

  34. wabubba67 says:

    in retrospect, I wish we had ran it right over Cole’s position on that final play for a TD rather than just sitting on it. Eventually, we’ll see Cole again. That was complete BS and will somewhat shorten Okung’s career in the long term.

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