Russell Okung returns to practice, Max Unger still fighting high-ankle sprain

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Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung appears to be on track to return to the lineup this week after missing Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a bruised lung.

Center Max Unger’s status is more in question.

Okung was injured while being blocked by Ray McDonald on an interception return against the 49ers two weeks ago. Okung was spitting up blood on the sidelines and ultimately went to the hospital for further evaluation before being released.

Okung returned to practice for the Seahawks on Tuesday and head coach Pete Carroll he has “a real chance to get back” this week for Seattle’s regular season finale against the St. Louis Rams.

Unger did not practice on Tuesday but Carroll said he may be able to do something on Wednesday as he tries to get back from a high-ankle sprain suffered five weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It’s going to be touch-and-go to get him by the game,” Carroll said. “It’s just been a long, arduous process getting him back.”

“Sometimes those ankle sprains don’t go away for a whole season and guys get brought back early because they feel they can go and it just lingers and never gets right. So, if he can make it this week, we’ll go and we’ll see what happens.”

It also appears likely that tight ends Cooper Helfet and Tony Moeaki will be able play this week.

Helfet played through a cracked rib suffered Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals while Moeaki missed the game due to a shoulder injury suffered the week before.

“That would give us a boost if both of those guys are back and fighting forward and we’ll figure it out once we get the week through,” Carroll said.

Cornerback Tharold Simon also has a chance to play this week after injuring his shoulder late against the Cardinals.

“This will be an amazing recovery if he is able to do it,” Carroll said. “He had a real knock on his shoulder, but he feels pretty good. He has been through it before on his other shoulder, so that helps sometimes. It seems like he has a chance.”

However, Jermaine Kearse will likely miss the game this week after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring sprain in Arizona.

“It’s going to be tough for him to be back. He did tear his hamstring a little bit,” Carroll said.

5 responses to “Russell Okung returns to practice, Max Unger still fighting high-ankle sprain

  1. Just be ready for cheap-shots and head-hunting from the Rams. It’s the Jeff Fisher/Gregg Williams way.

  2. Honestly, this is why the Seahawks are so great. We lose a Pro Bowl caliber Center and we got quality depth like Lem and Lewis chompin’ at the bit to get in there and take his job. Helfet and Willson weren’t gettin’ the job done so we go get better and grab Moeaki off the street. Simon is always dinged up but we got studs like Lane, Burley, and Maxwell who are all better in the slot anyway.

    Depth people, is what its all about. Oh, and when the NFL goes to an 18 game schedule the Hawks will distance themselves even further when injuries start stacking up.

  3. As a Rams fan I know its a slim to none chance of winning this game. I just hope we can remain competitive and stop with all the late hit crap and not have a repeat performance of last years trip to Seattle with all the personal foul calls and ejections. I will say whoever does start at LT for Seattle is going to have their hands full with Robert Quinn. From what I have seen from Alvin Bailey he might be the better option to guard him IMO.

  4. I was really surprised at how well Bailey played last week. He went up against a pro bowler in Calais Campbell and more than held his own. I thought he looked better than Okung. And he didn’t get called for a false start. Seems like Okung is good for at least 1 of those per game.

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