Seahawks left Russell Okung suffered what coach Pete Carroll termed a significant pectoral injury late in Thursday night’s game after a questionable post-whistle move by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.
The play came with 1:57 left in the game. I watched it again on NFL.com’s Game Rewind and Cole’s takedown should get some attention from the league.
Okung is blocking Cole legally to the whistle even though the run is away from them. (The best view we can find online is here. It’s not ideal.)
Cole gets upset after the whistle is blown and continues to grab at Okung’s arm. He hip tosses Okung to the ground like a wrestler. It sounds like Okung may be out for the year.
“I didn’t see the play where they threw him down, but he got hurt,” Carroll said after the game via the Tacoma News Tribune. “He has a pec injury that doesn’t look good right now. From what I heard, it was really an unnecessary play that didn’t have to happen. You guys will probably see that.”
At the very least, it was worth an unnecessary roughness penalty. Mike Sando of ESPN.com says that the Seahawks thought it was a cheap shot.
Okung said he felt something pop. He had to hold his arm up after the game while others cut off his uniform around the injury.