Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Seattle rookie OT Russell Okung suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game that could keep him out for a while.
“It’s a legitimate ankle sprain,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “We’ll see how it goes.”
From the Seattle Times :
Okung left the field in the first quarter and was replaced by Mansfield Wrotto, who finished the game at left tackle. Okung was not available in the locker room afterward. He underwent X-rays, which did not detect a fracture. He will have an MRI on Sunday. Carroll was asked if Okung suffered a high-ankle sprain.
Typically, recovery from a high-ankle sprain takes four to six weeks. Sometimes it is quicker. Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson was back two weeks after suffering that type of injury last year. Sometimes it's longer, as was the case with tackle Sean Locklear, who missed about two months.
Without Okung in the lineup, Mansfield Wrotto and Joe Toledo would have a chance to take over the first-team reps. This, however, is a familiar situation for Seahawks fans. Last year, the team went through four LTs trying to find a replacement for the since-retired Walter Jones. If the first-round pick isn’t back for a while, that’s going to be a problem.
"It's pretty significant," Carroll said of Okung's injury. "Obviously we made it as big a priority as we could make it to get him. So we'll have to see how it goes.
"That's a big loss if he can't come back. We put a lot of time and effort into getting this guy right. He has done everything we could ask of him, and we'll see what it is. I don't know how long it's going to take."