SEATTLE - AUGUST 14: Tackle Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks pass blocks against Jacob Ford #78 during the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on August 14 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Titans 20-18. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Report: Russell Okung Attends Practice, Still Possible For Season Opener

The latest updates regarding the health of Seattle Seahawks rookie offensive lineman Russell Okung, who suffered a high-ankle sprain during the preseason. For everything Seattle Seahawks, head over to SB Nation's Field Gulls.

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Report: Okung Attends Practice, Still Possible For Season Opener

Greg Johns of has Monday’s update on rookie offensive lineman Russell Okung’s ankle injury.

Rookie Russell Okung was also out on the practice field watching from the sideline Monday for the first time since he sprained his right ankle 10 days earlier.

Coach Pete Carroll hasn’t shut the door on Okung being back in time for the Sept. 12 opener against the 49ers, though he admits that might just be his ultra-optimistic side coming out.

“I’m always hopeful,” Carroll said. “I’m optimistic that there’s a chance. We’ll hold that out until there isn’t. He’ll do everything he can to get right. It will be pretty special recovery if he’s able to do that, but who knows?”

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Pete Carroll Optimistic About Okung's Ankle, Says He's 'Day-To-Day'

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sought to ease concerns about Russell Okung’s high-ankle sprain, saying it’s “not the worst degree” of the injury he’s seen. Carroll wouldn’t set a timetable for the first round draft picks’ return, but sounds hopeful about Okung’s prognosis.

“It’s day-to-day, I hate to even think week-to-week,” Carroll said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’re going to just keep looking at him as we’re going through this. In terms of injuries, I don’t think he’s missed a game before or even a practice. So he doesn’t have any experience of having to come back from something so we’ll figure that out as we go.”

High-ankle sprains can be a dicey situation for NFL players, sometimes taking quite a while to fully heal. As a lineman, Okung can expect to take a pounding, with his knees and ankles taking the brunt of it. There’s no need to rush him back, only to risk further injury and stunt the left tackle of the future’s development even more.

In the meantime, Mansfield Wrotto steps in to a left tackle spot that has thinned out considerably due to injuries. The Hawks will use the rest of the preseason to determine a viable starter in Okung’s absence.

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Report: Russell Okung Only Has 'Outside Hope' Of Playing In Seahawks Opener

Greg Johns of the Seattle P-I reports on Twitter that Seattle Seahawks rookie left tackle Russell Okung's ankle injury is now being called a "moderate high-ankle sprain" and that he is likely done for the rest of the preseason.

Pete Carroll says Russell Okung does have "moderate" high-ankle sprain, outside hope of being ready for #Seahawks opener on Sept. 12.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


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Peter King: 'Seattle Has To Be Nervous' About Russell Okung

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King takes a break from complaining about his semi-luxurious life of travel to signal an alarm in Seattle over the recent ankle injury to top draft pick Russell Okung.

I think Seattle has to be nervous, or worse, about losing left tackle Russell Okung to an ankle sprain Saturday night. Not only was left tackle the Seahawks’ position of biggest need entering this season, but also Seattle is frightfully thin there —the immortal Mansfield Wrotto took Okung’s spot when he went down against Green Bay. Seattle now may face the prospect of moving Sean Locklear back to the left side.

The Seahawks said it was a two-to-four-week injury on Sunday, which means there’s a good chance he’ll be ready for the opener. Not to overplay a first game of a season, but Seahawks host San Francisco in Week 1. To have much of a chance to win your division, that’s the kind of game you have to win, which makes the recovery of the centerpiece of your rebuilding efforts to protect Matt Hasselbeck pretty important.

It’s probably too early to really worry about Okung’s availability for the opener but King’s analysis is worth tucking away in the “let’s procrastinate in worrying about this” lobe of your brain.

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Report: Seahawks Left Tackle Russell Okung Out 2-4 Weeks

Jason La Canfora of notes on Twitter that Seattle Seahawks rookie left tackle Russell Okung is expected to miss some time due to an ankle sprain suffered during Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

Russell Okung expected to miss 2-4 weeks with his ankle sprain after MRI today. Done for the preseason but will try to be ready for Week 1.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


The Seattle PI writes that the Seahawks have not commented on Okung's timeline yet.

That report has not been confirmed by the team. Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged after Saturday's loss that Okung's absence would be "pretty significant" if he's out for any length of time.

John Morgan describes the injury on SB Nation's Field Gulls and sounds optimistic that Okung's absence shouldn't be an extended one.

Okung's injury occurred right away - less than a second into the first play. Ben Hamilton was attempting to block Cullen Jenkins, tripped and fell on Okung's ankle. If watching an injury happen could foster hope, watching this injury does. The incident looks minor and Okung is able to pick himself up and finish the play. Hamilton's missed block seals Justin Forsett's fate, as he is forced to evade Jenkins in the backfield and then left to smash into an already closed hole after he does.

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