Russell Okung to practice Wednesday?

Published on November 1, 2010 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Coach Pete Carroll offered one surprising name among the Seahawk players who could return to practice Wednesday: Left tackle Russell Okung.

Yup, the rookie who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of an Oct. 24 victory over Arizona could be back.

“Russell is a guy we’re looking forward to practicing on Wednesday,” Carroll said. “That will make a big difference for us if he can get back then.”

Okung missed two exhibition games and the first three regular-season games after suffering a high ankle sprain on his right ankle on Aug. 21.

He returned, starting three games and playing a total of about six quarters when he suffered an injury to his left ankle.

He missed last week’s game, Tyler Polumbus starting in his place. Polumbus himself was injured in the second half of Sunday’s loss in Oakland, suffering an injury to his right knee, and though he returned to play, his status this week is a question mark.

The Seahawks will be looking at options at tackle this week, but any roster changes will depend upon the status of Okung and Polumbus.

Is it really possible Okung could be able to practice just 10 days after suffering the ankle injury?

“I think it is possible he’ll practice on Wednesday,” Carroll said. “We’re looking forward to that, and then we’ll see how he handles that if he can. We’ll know later in the week.”

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