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Russell Okung out for season with torn pectoral

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Seattle left tackle Russell Okung suffered an injury when he took a shot from Philadelphia defensive end Trent Cole on Thursday night that the Seahawks thought was a cheap shot.

The league office will determine whether it’s a costly shot for Cole, but it was definitely a costly shot for Okung.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Okung tore his pectoral muscle, a serious injury that will require six months of rehabilitation. Obviously, Okung is done for the season, and with a six-month time frame, Okung just has to hope rehab goes according to schedule so that he’s 100 percent when training camp starts next year.

Okung is the Seahawks’ third starting offensive lineman to be lost for the season, joining right tackle James Carpenter and right guard John Moffitt.

The sixth overall pick of last year’s NFL draft, Okung has started every game he’s played. But he missed six games last season and will now miss the final four games this season.

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31 Responses to “Russell Okung out for season with torn pectoral”
  1. sniffles sports report says: Dec 2, 2011 7:00 PM

    thought this kid was the next great tackle coming out of ok state, but his mounting injury history is scaring me

  2. beastofeden says: Dec 2, 2011 7:02 PM

    Forget the cheap shot. This guy would have torn his pecs untying his cleats after the game.

    Yao Ming thinks this guy is made of glass!!

    I’m glad the Redskins picked Trent Williams instead of BrokeKung

  3. qtownchawk says: Dec 2, 2011 7:03 PM

    moffit, then carpenter, now okung…the hawks oline cant buy a break

  4. hawks12 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:04 PM

    Trent Cole is a dirt bag… He clearly got outplayed by Okung the whole night hope the league suspends him …

  5. badguy711 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:12 PM

    Trent Cole should be suspended

  6. nogoodell says: Dec 2, 2011 7:13 PM

    Oh well. People push after every place. Glass man just can’t hang.

  7. dstep24 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:28 PM

    sniffles sports report says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:00 PM
    thought this kid was the next great tackle coming out of ok state, but his mounting injury history is scaring me

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    It’s his first injury of the season. #OUTOFTOUCH

  8. ishallcomment says: Dec 2, 2011 7:30 PM

    Okung will be a great OT whenever he stops gettin hurt.

    that said, Trent Cole was a little iffy on that play, but not worthy of punishment IMO.

  9. biggiep says: Dec 2, 2011 7:31 PM

    Reminds me of Jonas Jennings

  10. Fantasy Football Legend says: Dec 2, 2011 7:37 PM

    I hope Pete drafts some new o-lines guys to help Lynch keep on rolling. Them and Lynch are getting better each season so far and this is just want Lynch didn’t need after leaving crappy Buffalo.

  11. sasquash20 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:00 PM

    Okung will be a stud. Injuries happen. It is sad he was really starting to play good.

  12. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 2, 2011 8:27 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:28 PM
    sniffles sports report says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:00 PM
    thought this kid was the next great tackle coming out of ok state, but his mounting injury history is scaring me

    __________________________

    It’s his first injury of the season. #OUTOFTOUCH
    _________________________

    Second injury in two years in the NFL missed 6 games last year after injuring both ankles. #GETACLUE.

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 2, 2011 8:30 PM

    I think Cole should pay for all the game checks Okung will miss.

  14. txxxchief says: Dec 2, 2011 9:07 PM

    From what county in Ireland is the O’Kung clan, and what does their tartan look like?

  15. justanotherdummy says: Dec 2, 2011 9:08 PM

    The Seahawks were running their yaps and Okung annoyed the wrong guy. Tough luck, have fun in surgery and doing your rehab. If you shoot off your mouth and get broken, oh well. He should have known how not to get buried by a hip toss.

  16. sowcrates says: Dec 2, 2011 10:10 PM

    Most of us fans are some combination of skinny nerds or above-average sized people with beer bellies, we don’t realize that when you have spectacular athleticism and spectacular size, all that momentum your body can create can also work against you. Worse, the last time a lot of us played football was probably around the time we hit puberty, where we could body slam each other and play tackle football in the park without pads and not watch injuries happen constantly

    It’s why ligaments pop left and right in the NFL, or a guy tears a pectoral, from what might appear to be the same motions we all went through as kids.

    What Trent Cole did to Okung may not look particularly malicious, but it showed a clear lack of awareness about what might happen to a 300+ linemen when you yank his arm across your SHOULDER PADS and pull all of his weight down onto one pectoral.

  17. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 2, 2011 10:36 PM

    TO: PFT authors

    It would be a big step forward if your web site had tape snips available of key situations like this one. I have no way to see what really happened.

    Peace to you.

  18. ctiggs says: Dec 3, 2011 12:02 AM

    Trent Cole is a good guy i played against him growing up, is any one honestly surprised okung got hurt

  19. seacolt213 says: Dec 3, 2011 12:05 AM

    @JustAnotherDummy you aren’t really that stupid are you?

  20. wehrmactblitz says: Dec 3, 2011 12:13 AM

    Regardless how he (O’Kung) got injured or even who got injured will this be in Packers’ Mike McCarthy’s head come week 15 setting at 14-0?

  21. djigel says: Dec 3, 2011 1:00 AM

    Honestly,
    I could care less about either team…. but I fail to see how this is any different from Suh stomping on a guy. We hear all about how players have to be able to shut off their adrenaline and mean streak when it isn’t necessary and this is a similar example.

    We can call Okung fragile, but the fact of the matter is that the injury didn’t have to happen and Cole’s act was the definition of “unnecessary roughness” – It simply wasn’t necessary.

    I’d suspend him a game. $25K fines don’t seem to have much affect anymore….It was more in the context of the play than Suh (which was waaaay after), but still an action that didn’t need to happen.

  22. daddyb1gdrawz says: Dec 3, 2011 1:22 AM

    Am I in the twilight zone or something? I feel as if I have heard this story before. Didnt he get hurt last year on some freak injury as well?

  23. mjmorris5477 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:22 AM

    Okung has missed just enough time due to injuries that it does make you wonder if he has the durability to play LT. Seamonkeys had Walter Jones (probable HOF’er) at that spot for, what, a decade(!?) and since injuries ended his career, it’s been a glaring weakness. Okung does all right at LT…when he’s on the field.
    Can’t help the club when you’re sittin’ in the tub.

  24. mjmorris5477 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:27 AM

    Just saw the replalowy of the incident–Pretty classless move by Cole, but Okung probably should’ve gotten his hands off Cole a second or two sooner.

  25. jusjamn says: Dec 3, 2011 2:39 AM

    Trent Cole = cheap shot artist.

  26. easyeddie says: Dec 3, 2011 8:24 AM

    #justanotherdummy says: Dec 2, 2011 9:08 PM

    The Seahawks were running their yaps and Okung annoyed the wrong guy. Tough luck, have fun in surgery and doing your rehab. If you shoot off your mouth and get broken, oh well. He should have known how not to get buried by a hip toss.

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    Your name says all we need to know.

  27. trollhammer20 says: Dec 3, 2011 8:54 AM

    So a guy has another 300-lb. lineman land on the back of his legs, resulting in a high ankle sprain and several missed games one year, then gets viciously judo-flipped to tear a pectoral next year, and suddenly, he’s “made of glass”?

    I get the feeling that the “made of glass” opinion is held by people for whom the biggest risk of injury comes from when they have to use their Cheeto-stained fingers to replace the batteries in their Xbox remote.

  28. eagles7to10 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    Funny how no one wants to mention the dirty play on the punt when a Seahawks defender dove on the back of Colt Anderson’s knees, after the play, and that blew out his ACL (much more serious injury then a pec).

  29. trollhammer20 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:03 PM

    Found a decent clip of what happened…at least, the best I’ve seen thus far.

  30. richieab says: Dec 3, 2011 7:45 PM

    Trent Cole gets dominated the whole game then takes the cowards way out

  31. juliusanonymous says: Dec 3, 2011 8:02 PM

    It would disgust me if the NFL didn’t suspend Cole for at least a game. His cheap shot put Okung on IR. If the NFL doesn’t suspend Cole, they should just stop talking about player safety altogether because that is absurd hypocrisy.

    As to the trash Philly fans on here, you laughing at Okung’s injury is why the entire rest of the league thinks your fans are garbage. What kind of loser trivializes or mocks a season-ending injury? #PhillyFansAreGarbage

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