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Friday practice report

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm with 22 Comments »
September 20, 2013 2:33 pm

RENTON _ Given the choice of considering Russell Okung’s season half-empty or half-full, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that it was a positive development that his injured Pro Bowl tackle has been put on a list that will allow his return in mid-November.

Suffering a torn ligament in his left big toe in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over San Francisco, Okung was placed on the injured reserve (designated to return) list which allows him to return to practice six weeks from Friday and be active in a game two weeks thereafter.

If his rehab goes well, he could be active for Seattle’s Nov. 17 game against Minnesota.

“It’s a 6-to-8 week injury,” Carroll said. “We’ll hope that will all work out right for us. He’s determined; he’s excited about the fact that he has a chance to get back this season … we are as well.”

Versatile veteran Paul McQuistan will start at left tackle for Okung, which he did for four games in 2011 when Okung was out with a torn pectoral muscle.

“We’re very fortunate that Paul has so much experience (that) he can jump right in there,” Carroll said.

McQuistan struggled initially after moving to tackle last Sunday, but a week of practice there, and getting familiar with the demands of the scheme, will put him on firmer footing this Sunday when the Hawks play host to Jacksonville, Carroll said.

“This also sends a really strong message to (rookie linemen) Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie that they’ve got to get right … they’re one step away from playing,” Carroll said.

The coach reported further good news on the injury front as both cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) and defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) are expected to play on Sunday.

Browner missed the first two games with a hamstring strain, while Clemons is reaching the end of a long rehabilitation from an ACL surgery in January.

“I’m really excited to tell you that Chris is going to play this week,” Carroll said. “We’re really thrilled for him; it means the world to Chris to get back. He’s in as good a shape as anybody on our football team.”

In Browner’s absence, Walter Thurmond got the start and Byron Maxwell saw increased playing time, and the secondary came up with three interceptions and surrendered just one passing touchdown.

“It means we’re back where we started,” safety Kam Chancellor said of Browner’s return. “But give credit where it’s due, the guys who stepped in did a heckuva job. That’s how it is around here, you never know when it’s going to be your turn so we’re always ready.”

Rookie running back Spencer Ware is doubtful with an ankle sprain, which could open the way for the first appearance this season of second-round draft pick Christine Michael.

“It’s a great opportunity for Christine to get in there,” Carroll said. “He’s practiced very well and he’s ready to participate in a big way.”

On a somber note, Carroll reported that linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. is expected to be back to Seattle Friday night after the Wednesday death (heart failure) of his father, the former heavyweight boxing champion.

“He’s had an enormous shock wave go through his family with the loss of his father who was so dear to him,” Carroll said. “Ken Norton Sr. was a friend to all of us in this program and an incredible person, an incredible man.”

INJURY REPORT: Seattle — Out: T Russell Okung (toe), DT Jordan Hill (biceps). Doubtful: RB Spencer Ware (ankle), S Jeron Johnson (hamstring). Questionable: LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring). Probable: DE Chris Clemons (knee), T Breno Giacomini (knee), CB Brandon Browner (hamstring), G J.R. Sweezy (back). Jacksonville — Out: CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle), QB Blaine Gabbert (right hand), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), W Mike Brown (back). Questionable: CB Alan Ball (groin), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee). Probable: WR Stephen Burton (hip), DT Roy Miller (knee), G Will Rackley (knee), TE Allen Reisner (toe), WR Ace Sanders (ribs), LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring).


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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    So they pulled the trigger and Okung could be back for the Vikings…they may hold him out until after the bye week and bring him back against the Saints as (Chuck said)…Good news one way or the other…

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Great report, Dave. Thanks.

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:
  4. DanielleMND says:

    I wish I shared Carroll’s optimism about McQ.

  5. ospreyflyinhigh says:

    Hawks achilles heel is the Oline ( I’ll include tight end depth as well ) Opportunities for long runs in the playoffs are few and fleeting. Just a wild and crazy proposal.:
    Cleveland is cleaning house so Hawks give up their first rounder for Joe Thomas while the iron is hot.

  6. Didn’t Okung return to the game on Sunday after they looked at his toe in the locker room? If so, I wonder if that made it worse.

  7. No, he didn’t come back in IIRC. He did come out of the locker room in the second half and watched the game from the sideline.

  8. Have Bailey and Bowie been active? Are they healthy?

  9. Active on game day no, healthy yes

  10. Southendzone says:

    Hey, McQuistan has been around for a while and played well. He was moved to a new position against an all-pro sack monster mid-game last week.

    Lets give him a chance to grow into this role a bit, he might be just fine.

  11. sluggo42 says:

    As a starter at LT, McQ will be ho hum. Hopefully one of the kids will strap on his jock and lay claim to the spot as in next man up, but, as late picks or whatever, hard to tell if they have the actual game to do so… I hope this doesn’t become a weak spot. But, mcQ held the fort after the Cole incident didn’t he?

    South, everything I see your name from now on, I see camel toe… Effing hilarious…

  12. McQ will be fine. We have been here, done this before with McQ subbing for an injured McQ

  13. injured *Okung

  14. daveboling says:

    Okung did not come back. He rode the cart off the sidelines. He returned looking like he was trying to come back in, but they took his helmet away.

    Bailey and Bowie have not been active. They went with Carp and Jeanpierre as the O-line backups. McQ was the swing tackle in need.

    McQ is vulnerable to some mismatches, but he’s been serviceable and very reliable. He filled in four games at LT when Okung went out two years ago. Hawks went 2-2 as I recall.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Dave, and thank God for McQ.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- Dave, what is your opinion on our O-line moving forward? And when do you think they will finally get in a groove?

  17. DanielleMND says:

    Is the McQ of 2013 the same as the McQ of 2011? To my eyes, no, not even when playing guard.

  18. The Hawks would have to clear out 5+ mil in cap space if they wanted to bring Joe Thomas in. Not gonna happen.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Trade Rice and a first round pick for Joe Thomas. That might work.

  20. Trading Rice doesn’t free any space right now. Sorry. His base salary was guaranteed once he was here week one. You would lose space actually. They’re not trading for Joe Thomas. Get over it.

  21. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    aldon smith dui

  22. daveboling says:

    Question about O-line moving forward? You’ve got two anchors in Okung and Unger, and that’s huge to have a pair of young Pro Bowl guys to build around. Okung’s health … yeah, he’s going to miss a big chunk of the season for the third time in his career. I think Breno’s continuing to learn on the job and he really does have some unique physical skills and an attitude that Cable loves. Can you trust Carpenter to stay healthy? I believe he really does have potential to be a very good guard, but only if he’s on the hoof and staying in shape. Sweezy is a project or a place-filler for now. He might develop but it surely could be a position they have to address. The two young tackles look like real finds, to me. Talking to Breno yesterday about them, he says they’re working hard in the film room and catching on pretty quickly. He said they understand that if you’re on the Seahawks’ O-line, the job every day is to “strap on the helmet and get to work.”

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