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.

31 responses to “Russell Okung out for season with torn pectoral

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

  2. 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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
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    Second injury in two years in the NFL missed 6 games last year after injuring both ankles. #GETACLUE.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. #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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. 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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