The Seahawks have major holes to fill on the left side of their offensive line. Just a few days after the Seahawks lost rookie OLT Russell Okung to a high ankle sprain, OLG Ben Hamilton missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury and, according to head coach Pete Carroll, will not start Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Hamilton, a 10-year veteran, played in 15 games last season with Denver, starting eight. Seattle signed him this offseason to mentor Okung in Seattle's new zone-blocking schemes. OG Mike Gibson filled in for Hamilton at practice and will start at left guard on Saturday.
Okung, the sixth overall pick, suffered a high right ankle sprain last weekend in a preseason game against the Packers. He is expected to miss the rest of the preseason. The top backup at left tackle, Ray Willis, also has been out after having knee surgery. OL Mansfield Wrotto will start at left tackle this Saturday in place of Okung.
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