Tag:Russell Okung
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Trent Cole fined $7.5K for flipping Russell Okung

By Will Brinson

Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung suffered a season-ending injury -- a torn pectoral muscle, specifically -- in the final minutes of last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.

As we noted at the time, Okung was injured when he was unnecessarily thrown over Trent Cole's shoulder away from the play, after the whistle.

The NFL agreed with our assessment that Cole should be fined and according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the league fined the Eagles defensive end $7,500 for the play.

"I'm not a dirty player," Cole said Wednesday. "At the time, all the stuff that led up to that, there was a lot of stuff that happened in that game. ... Watch that game closely and key on Okung and key on me and you'll see what I'm talking about."

At the time of the play, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll disagreed with Cole's notion, pointing out nicely that he didn't think the injury should have happened, because the take down was unnecessary.

"I heard his comments," Cole said of the Seahawks coach. "You all seen what happened. The guy was on my back after the whistle. He was holding me the whole game. If you look at that play he had me hooked. I'm running to the ball and he had me hooked."

In the screenshot to your right, Cole and Okung (bottom left) aren't anywhere near the play (top right). And the ballcarrier is clearly on the ground while Okung's being flipped, meaning Cole's excuse for the specific play doesn't really make a lot of sense.

While the $7,500 fine stings Cole in his wallet, it doesn't hurt him nearly as much as the loss of Okung will hurt the Seahawks who, at 5-7, aren't technically eliminated from the playoff race yet.

Though if Okung's injury has a hugely negative impact on Marshawn Lynch's revived season, that will change quickly.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:47 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Russell Okung out for year with torn pec muscle

Posted by Will Brinson

Russell Okung, the Seahawks top draft pick in 2010, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle during Thursday's win over Philadelphia.

The team confirmed the news on Friday evening, and Okung will require six months of rehabilitation, which means if the tackle suffers any setbacks, he could potentially miss some of 2012 training camp.

Okung's injury is the third season-ender the Seahawks have dealt with on the offensive line in the past few weeks, as both James Carpenter and John Moffitt suffered season-ending knee injuries recently.

Not helping matters for the Seahawks is the fact that they believed it was dirty play by Trent Cole that knocked Okung out for the year.

"He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly," Carroll said Friday. "Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it."

In the picture above, via NFL.com's Game Rewind, you can see the play in question: on the bottom left of the screenshot, Okung's being flipped over Cole's right shoulder as Cole ducks down and yanks him by the arm.

The result was the season-ending injury for Okung and it's a shame, because it came with less than two minutes remaining in a game that was most certainly over, on a take-down that, as you can see, wasn't anywhere near the actual action on the play.

Don't be surprised if the league decides to take some action (read: a fine) with Cole. Unfortunately, that won't bring back Okung, who will have missed 10 of 32 possible games by the time he finishes the second season of his career in Seattle.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Okung 'felt something kind of pop' Thursday

Posted by Will Brinson

Seahawks offensive lineman Russell Okung left Thursday night's preseason game with an ankle injury.

The good news? As we noted last night, the X-rays were negative. Now the bad news: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll says Okung felt something "pop" when he suffered the injury.

"Russ has got an ankle sprain," Carroll said, per Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times. "It was non-contact, you know. Just to hear felt something kind of pop in there. X-rays were negative and all that so we'll see what happens. He's real disappointed."

He's clearly disappointed -- when we talked to Okung back in July, he was highly optimistic about taking a step forward in the 2011 season.

And this isn't the first time Okung's suffered a high ankle sprain -- Carroll acknowledged it was "in that area" -- and, as O'Neil notes, the left tackle has started 13 games and left three (!) because of ankle injuries.

Still, Pete Carroll sounded optimistic.

"We're not ruling out the fact we [could] get him back very quickly," Carroll said.

Of course, Carroll being upbeat isn't exactly surprising -- that's just how he rolls. But not ruling out getting someone back soon is eerily similar to when you hear a person "neither confirm or deny" something.

It might not actually be admitting the worst-case scenario, but it's pretty darn close.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Russell Okung leaves on cart, X-rays negative

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Not much went right for the Seahawks' first-teamers in their Week 1 preseason game against the Chargers. From Tarvaris Jackson's debut as the Seattle starter (he left after going 3 for 5 for 13 yards), to the defense watching San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers go 5 for 6 for 87 yards and a touchdown on his first drive, to the familiar-but-no-less-troubling sight of left tackle Russell Okung going down with an ankle injury.

The Seahawks' 2010 first-round pick and the man tasked with filling the huge void (both literally and figuratively -- both mostly literally) left by Walter Jones, suffered the injury in the first quarter. He was engaged in a block at the time but the ankle was untouched. Although Okung left the field on a cart, there is some good news:

The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora tweets that: "X-Rays negative on SEA LT Russell Okung, who left game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Hope his injury luck turns this season."

As Rotoworld notes, "The ankle isn't broken but … the Seahawks can't afford to suffer through another injury-plagued season from Okung, a difference maker for their offense. They've got enough problems at quarterback already."

For real.

Okung missed six games last season as he battled high ankle sprains.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Okung talks Hawks, lockout, QBs at Nike's 7-on

Posted by Will Brinson

BEAVERTON, Ore -- Russell Okung and Ndamukong Suh spent much of the past week training the best high school football players in the country at Nike's 7-on-7 camp, "The Opening."

Following a dominant performance by Okung's offensive line group, CBSSports.com caught up with him to talk about the Seahawks, the lockout, the Seattle quarterback situation, how he trained this offseason and what he did to prep the kids for this sort of exercise.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Okung, Suh coach up lineman at Nike's The Opening

Posted by Will Brinson

BEAVERTON, Ore -- As I mentioned yesterday, some kids were lucky enough to have Ndamukong Suh as their coach during Nike's 7-on-7 camp, "The Opening."

Some kids were also lucky enough to have Russell Okung coach them.

And these kids squared off in the lineman drills that took place on Friday, before the actual 7-on-7 games.

As you can see, the training paid off.



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Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:26 pm
 

NFL Key Matchup Wk 17: Seahawks O vs. Rams D

Posted by Andy Benoit

This week’s Key Matchup looks at two teams that most people know very little about. We don’t have a choice, really – the NFL stuck by its word and put the game with the most significant playoff implications in primetime Sunday night. Thus, America is getting introduced to the 2010 Rams and the 2010 Seahawks this week. Combined, these teams have as many wins as the 2010 Patriots.

First thing to know about the Seahawks: they can’t run the ball. Their 85.5 yards per game on the ground ranks dead last in the NFL. Some thought the early season trade for Marshawn Lynch would spearhead the ground game. But those who thought that clearly hadn’t watched Lynch closely the past few years. The former first-round pick is not an explosive breakaway runner, and though he fights through tacklers with tremendous tenacity, he doesn’t have enough power to be considered a thumper. J. Laurinaitis (US Presswire)These limitations aren’t a major issue for an NFL runner, unless that NFL runner lacks vision and patience – which Lynch does.

Backup Justin Forsett is one of the hardest players in the game to tackle, but the Seahawks coaching staff insists he is built to only be a third-down back. Still, with this being a make-or-break game, don’t be surprised if quick, slippery Forsett gets a bulk of the carries.

With Seattle unable to run, Matt Hasselbeck’s status for this game is all the more crucial. Hasselbeck, at this point, can probably be considered a true “questionable” with a left hip strain. If the stakes weren’t so high, he’d likely be doubtful. But a gimpy Hasselbeck is superior to a healthy Charlie Whitehurst, as a gimpy Hasselbeck at least has the trust of play-caller Jeremy Bates (Bates recently called Hasselbeck the team’s “best player on offense”.)

Prior to the season, one figured that any team in football would be able to throw at will against this St. Louis secondary. Cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher are better in zone than man (this is a polite way of saying they’re average). And strong safety Craig Dahl doesn’t have the greatest range (he’d be a special teamer for most clubs).

But the Rams have mustered a fairly respectable 21st-ranked pass defense, thanks to a surprisingly effective pass-rush, highlighted by a front line that, like the Titans of ’09, constantly features four solid player but boasts no star. Former No. 2 overall pick Chris Long has been near star status, thanks to his career-high 8.5 sacks. But Long’s damage comes from his motor more than his athleticism. Guys like that are difficult to play against but not nightmarish to gameplan for. Nevertheless, Long will be a major test for rookie left tackle Russell Okung, who is playing with an ankle that is not 100 percent. Veterans James Hall and Fred Robbins have also been major surprises for Steve Spagnuolo’s unit.

Finally, no player is more important to the Rams’ defense than James Laurinaitis. The second-year linebacker has dispelled the notion that he lacks the range and lateral agility to patrol the middle in coverage. A year ago, such criticism was accurate. But Laurinaitis has drastically improved his recognition, which has made him a more explosive player. If the Rams choose to dedicate his services to primarily stopping tight end John Carlson on Sunday, the Seahawks will have no choice but to try to win via the big play from their wide receivers. If that’s the case, the issue becomes whether Seattle’s front five can keep that potent Rams front four at bay.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:17 pm
 

Okung expected to start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For only the fourth time this season, Seahawks LT Russell Okung is expected to start this Sunday vs. the Saints.Okung

Okung, taken sixth overall in this year’s NFL Draft, missed the first three games of the season after suffering a high ankle sprain. He played three games, but he hasn’t played since spraining his other ankle Oct. 24.

"Russell practiced very well today, went with the first group the whole time and he's prepared to start," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters, via the Seattle Times, before the team traveled to New Orleans. "That's a real good sign for us. We like that. We'll see how he looks tomorrow after coming off this practice, but he's got a real good chance to be starting for us. That's a big deal for us."

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