Russell Okung Injury: Seahawks Optimistic Their Left Tackle Will Be Ready For Opener

Russell Okung was carted off the field in the first quarter of Thursday's exhibition between the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers after suffering an apparent left ankle injury.

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Coach Pete Carroll Thinks Russell Okung Could Play In Season Opener

Coach Pete Carroll thinks that offensive tackle Russell Okung's ankle injury isn't nearly as bad as it looks, according to Seattle Seawhawks reporter Curtis Crabtree. In fact, Carroll thinks that Okung might be ready for the season opener.

Okung, who was selected sixth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, has had a problem with injuries in his one-year tenure in the league. Last season, Okung missed six games with sprains to both ankles. Okung was impressive in the ten games that he played though, and he has demonstrated that he can be a solid offensive tackle when healthy.

That's exactly where the problem lies, however: Okung has had trouble staying healthy during his short NFL career. Last season, Okung injured himself in the first quarter of an exhibition game. This season, history seemingly repeated itself as Okung injured his ankle on Seattle's very first possession in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers. There was no contact on the play, but Okung was taken off the field.

Things may be different this year. Carroll seems to think that Okung's injury this time around isn't as bad as last year's injuries were. Let's hope that the coach is right: we'd all love to see just how good Okung can be.

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Russell Okung Injury Diagnosed As Sprained Ankle, According To Pete Carroll

When Russell Okung went down on the Seahawks first series in San Diego it was cause for much concern. He stood up in front of the bench, hopping around, then was carted off for further observation. The initial post-game word from Pete Carroll was that he injured his leg on a non-contact play, and that the Left Tackle was very disappointed. 

Then came word that the diagnosis was a sprained ankle, some said high ankle sprain, but that the x-rays were negative. Two high ankle sprains, one to each leg, kept Okung out of much of his rookie season with the Seahawks. Pete Carroll confirmed, when asked if it was in the same spot that "It's in that area". 

It's unlikely the tackle sees much more of pre-season, but with negative x-rays, he should be available again near the beginning of the season. For all things Seattle Seahwaks, be sure to follow: www.fieldgulls.com/

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Russell Okung Injury: X-Rays On Left Ankle Come Back Negative

Seattle Seahawks fans everywhere held their collective breaths as Russell Okung went down with an ankle injury, but there is some good news surrounding the left tackle. 

Jason La Canfora just tweeted this update:

X-Rays negative on SEA LT Russell Okung, who left game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Hope his injury luck turns this season

Great news there for the Seahawks. No official word on what the injury was and if he will miss a significant amount of time or not, but one would assume he wouldn't miss more than a few practices. 

This is not the first time Okung has injured an ankle. He has damaged both of his ankles at least once since coming to the NFL in 2010. Despite being immensely talented, Seattle needs him healthy and on the field for him to live up to his full potential. Let's all hope this is the last we hear of the injury concerns. The offensive line with struggle if Okung is continually plagued by injury.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Seattle for future updates on the injury. Want more Seahawks coverage? Be sure to check out Field Gulls.

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Russell Okung Injury: Seattle Seahawks Prized Left Tackle Leaves Game During First Series

The Seattle Seahawks weren't even five minutes into their opening preseason game against the San Diego Chargers before potentially having a serious injury to one of their starters. Prized left tackle Russell Okung was hurt on the first series of the game and limped off the field before immediately getting attention from the team's trainers. 

LT Russell Okung is standing up in front of the bench, hopping in place.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

After undergoing observations for a few moments, Okung was carted off the field. It appears the injury is to his left ankle, which is the same ankle that cost him the first few games of the 2010 season. The former sixth overall pick has been a monster on the field when healthy, though it appears that he may be banged up once again to start this year.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Seattle for complete updates on Russell Okung and his injury. For more Seahawks, be sure to check out Field Gulls.

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