Seattle Seahawks Russell Okung Out For Season
SEATTLE,(WA)–The injury woes just keep adding up for the Seattle Seahawks this season with the report that left tackle Russell Okung will be place on injured reserve with a right torn pectoral muscle. Okung suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter against the Eagles on Thursday. Eagles defensive end Trent Cole hooked the arm of Okung and then suplexed him to the ground after the whistle had blown.
“He’s got extensive damage to his (pectoral), it looks like,” Carroll Said. “He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly. Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it.”
For the Seahawks Okung becomes the third starting offensive lineman to be placed on IR this season joining rookies John Moffit (right guard) and John Carpenter (right tackle). Carroll didn’t say whether or not Okung would need surgery to repair the shoulder but it’s likely the recovery time will be six months before he’s fully healthy again.
Coming into this season the Seahawks started the youngest offensive line group in the league at 25 years and four months old. Seattle started the season without left guard Robert Gallery which meant center Max Unger became the veteran on the line with 17 career starts.
First year offensive line coach Tom Cable has gotten the younger players to mature at a rapid rate while also improving the depth in talent on the line as well. Breno Giacomini, a 6-4 tackle who in his fourth season in the league got his first career start in week one filling in at right tackle for James Carpenter.
Carpenter played at left guard in replace of Gallery.
Since then Giacomini has started three more games including Seattle’s last two games against Washington and Philadelphia. Next to Giacomini is Paul McQuistan who is filling in for John Moffitt. McQuistan, in his seventh season in the league hadn’t started a game in four years before starting three games at left guard while Gallery was out.
He’s started the last three games at right guard giving him six on the season which is tied for the most in his career. Back in 2006 and 2007 while he was in Oakland McQuistan started six games each season before being placed on injured reserve in 2008. Since then he’s only appeared in three games before coming to Seattle in 2011.
Needless to say the Seahawks have featured a mixed bag on the offensive line this season but Cable has still been able to keep the Seahawks competitive and together. Next week the Seahawks take on the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football in Seattle.
Their starting offensive line will likely consist of Jarriel King–Robert Gallery–Max Unger–Paul McQuistan–Breno Giacomini. While Pete Carroll hasn’t said who his replacement for Okung will be King or Lemuel Jeanpierre will get the start at left tackle.
King and Jeanpierre have combined for one career start (Jeanpierre started one game replacing Moffitt).
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