Seahawks tackle Russell Okung missed half of last season because of a toe injury and he’s having more problems in that area this offseason.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Okung is being held out of offseason workouts as he recovers from foot surgery. Carroll had said at the combine that the team hoped Okung would avoid surgery, but he was spotted in a walking boot while attending a spring practice at Oklahoma State. Carroll said that the team expects Okung to be fine in time for training camp.
“Russell will be fine, and it’s just something we had to do when the season was over,” Carroll said, via the Tacoma News Tribune. “He had a few things, so we’ve taken care of it. We know we’ll have him back for training camp. Maybe a little sooner than that.”
Carroll said Alvin Bailey would fill in at left tackle until Okung is back with second-round pick Justin Britt slated for the right side.
While Carroll didn’t reveal much worry about Okung’s prognosis over the long term, he’s missed 16 games over the last four seasons and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Seattle address the line again on Sunday to assure they have options in case that number goes up.