As was the case a good part of the 2009 season, the Seahawks' offensive line might be ankle-deep in problems after losing 2010 first-round OLT Russell Okung to an ankle injury in the first quarter of Seattle's 27-24 loss to Green Bay Saturday evening. An MRI on Sunday confirmed that Okung will miss 2-4 weeks with the sprain.
"It's a legitimate ankle sprain," head coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "So we'll see how it goes."
As a result of Okung's injury, Seattle's offensive line suddenly has the same gaping hole at left tackle that it had a year ago at this time, when nine-time Pro Bowler Walter Jones was sidelined with the knee injury that ultimately led to his retirement and triggered the selection of Okung with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft. Both Okung and fellow first-round draft pick Earl Thomas were named immediate starters this offseason at left tackle and free safety, respectively.
Seattle's offensive line is already missing key veteran backup Ray Willis with a knee injury that could require surgery. At the very least, Willis, who shaped up as the most likely replacement for Okung under normal circumstances, was not expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.
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