Although Pete Carroll reported Russell Okung (toe)was going to be on the PUP, he’s really on the IR-Designated For Return list. The real point is he’s allowed to return to play in the Nov. 17 game against Minnesota if all goes well. He said he has a torn ligament in his left big toe. The rules call for him to miss practice for six weeks starting today. He is then allowed to practice for two weeks and then be active at that point. It doesn’t mean that he definitely will be ready for return then, but it is a sign that they did not feel he would need to miss the entire rest of the season.
Paul McQuistan will continue to play at the LT spot, but Carroll said it’s a signal to rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie that it’s time to start preparing for real. Tackle Breno Giacomini said he thought it came as good news because of the fear that Okung might miss the season. He said they can already feel his absence in the O-line meeting room because of Okung’s influence as a leader.
Of other good news, Carroll reported that he expects both CB Brandon Browner (hamstring) and DE Chris Clemons (knee) to be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Of having Browner return, Kam Chancellor said that a lot of credit goes to the replacements (Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell), who performed well, but it’s good to be back to full strength.
Carroll said linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., was expected to return to town this evening after the Wednesday death of his father.
Back Spencer Ware, ankle, is also doubtful, which might open the way for rookie second-round pick Christine Michael to see action, Carroll said.