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Report: Okung has ligament tear, likely out for Jacksonville game

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm with 24 Comments »
September 16, 2013 4:22 pm

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Russell Okung has a torn ligament in his big toe, and likely will miss Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today notes that according to a source it’s a partial tear of the plantar plate.

Okung’s injury is not good news for the Seahawks. But Seattle does have a backup plan with Paul McQuistan, who played left tackle for Okung against San Francisco on Sunday.

McQuistan also replaced Okung for the last four games of the 2011 season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle against Philadelphia, so Seattle has been down this road before.

Perhaps more important, Seattle has to make sure to shore up it’s depth behind McQuistan, which means rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey need to be ready to play.

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  1. Jedi_Tinman says:


  2. thinwhiterope says:

    I love how the newly assigned ESPN Seahawks blogger has not posted on Okung’s toe. Mr. Blount is not exactly a go getter. Wish they had grabbed Eric.

    Even if we are not playing Carolina this week.

  3. banosser says:

    Where’s Frank Omiyale at?

  4. While I know Moffit plays guard I can’t help but wish we still had him. I just feel like the lines has lost a significant amount of depth with him gone and now with Okung hurt it feels even more thin. I hope this isn’t a season long thing for Russell. We need him. Hopefully he can heal up quickly and fully.

  5. saying he’s not gonna play against Jacksonville, somehow implies to me that he’s week-to-week, or am I just being optimistic?

  6. freedom_X says:

    So McQuistan is the primary backup for Okung and not Bailey?

    I understand the gameday plan, since Bailey was inactive. But if they know Okung will not play, wouldn’t they go with Bailey, whom the depth chart lists as the primary backup at LT?

  7. chuck_easton says:


    You are being optimistic. Turf toe that includes ligament damage either requires surgery if the damage is severe or complete rest if the damage is minor.

    The sites I have looked at says it will be two to three weeks before Okung is psi free and can start physical rehab.

    More like month to month. I would be surprised if Okung returns by week 6.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    Sorry pain free.

  9. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I think they stick with McQuistan because of his experience. This is not the end of the world. McQuistan will do fine for the short term.

  10. tealskin says:

    Torn ligament doesn’t sound week-to-week. If turf-toe can ruin your season (Unger), this does not bode well. FO was giving high marks to Bailey and Bowie pre-season. Guess we’ll find out how they measure up. O-line is about the worst place possible for this to happen.

  11. tealskin says:

    Take that back. There are other places that would have more immediate impact. Will not name due to my superstitious nature.

  12. nickdoneysr says:

    this blows… but could have come at a worse time.

  13. nickdoneysr says:


  14. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I really hope that we have him for Houston. Houston, will be a huge test for our offense, especially our offensive line. If the offense doesn’t find it’s grove by then it will be a long day. Our defense won’t be able to carry us forever.

  15. nickdoneysr says:

    and thinwhiterope is right, the new espn blogger blows, how do you get paid to be that bad at reporting? sando was great and started out @ TNT as well many years back.

  16. nickdoneysr says:

    jj swatt will definitely be a test for our zone blocking scheme ugh

  17. Southendzone says:

    A partial tear of the plantar plate sounds a bit more serious then Turf Toe. Would like to see Bailey or Bowie get in a game during this time.

    McQ looked a bit ragged on Sunday

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Watt is a test regardless of scheme. Fortunately, he plays the strong side so will see Breno most downs.

  19. nickdoneysr says:

    i have a feeling we will be picking a right tackle with the 32nd pick in the 2014 draft…

  20. nickdoneysr says:

    ….speaking of Breno.

  21. PFF looks at the JAX @ OAK game and describes the JAX performances of note.

    PFF also looks at the SF @ SEA game and refocuses on three performances:

  22. SandpointHawk says:

    For the record, Sando started at The Spokesman Review in Spokane WA, back in 1991-2. He was still going to college at Whitworth. I was going nuts for football news at the time (pre-internet) and out of the blue this writer starts writing for the Spokesman. I didn’t meet him until training camp returned to Cheney in ’97, that’s when I found out he was still a kid. He moved up to TNT in ’98 and never looked back…Oh and we all got the internet and lived happily ever after…

  23. Thanks for the links, klm.

    I thought that they would likely have to choose between Red and Bennett, but maybe they keep both if Bennett can stay healthy. It depends on how much Bennett can command. It would be nice if they could get Red to restructure. They can offset the pay of Bennett with the 7.5 mil they’ll save by cutting Clemons, which I expect either way. That 7.5 mil will be important regardless, and I can’t imagine them paying Clemons 9.66 mil in 2014.

    They can part with Avril if they’d rather do that. I don’t see it happening. They’d still have Avril, Irvin, and Mayowa that could play Leo. Schofield will be a UFA that could likely be brought back for relatively cheap. They also have the draft.

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