Seahawks' LT Russell Okung likely to be placed on short-term injured reserve

Seahawks' LT Okung likely to be placed on short-term injured reserve

9/20/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Seahawks' LT Russell Okung likely to be placed on short-term injured reserveWhen left tackle Russell Okung left the Seattle Seahawks' Week 2 game with what was believed to be a foot injury, the general belief was that he was day-to-day and had a shot at playing in Week 3.

A trip to Dr. James Andrews, however, sparked concern that the Pro Bowl blindside protector could be headed for season-ending surgery. Okung was officially diagnosed with a partially torn plantar plate in his left foot - the same injury that caused Pierre Garcon to miss six games in 2012 and struggle to produce throughout the majority of the season.

Fortunately for the Seahawks, the news from Dr. Andrews - in a miraculous turn of events - was positive. ESPN's Chris Mortensen has reported that Okung is expected to be placed on injured reserve/designation to return, meaning that he can suit up for the Seahawks as soon as Week 11.

While the news is great for the Seahawks in the sense that Okung will be around for the final stretch of the season and a potential playoff run, the Seahawks will be taking a big blow while their best lineman is sidelined.

Okung is not only a Pro Bowl-caliber player at the offensive line's most important position, but the Seahawks also lack depth behind him. Paul McQuistan - who has started at left guard in both games this season - will kick out to left tackle in Okung's absence. The position change is significant, as McQuistan will go from locking up big, powerful bodies on the interior to dealing with explosive, speedy pass rushers on the edge. McQuistan is a substantial downgrade from Okung.

The Seahawks were already one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL, as they rank 2nd in rushing attempts and 31st in pass attempts. With Okung on the sidelines, they are going to rely on the ground game even more. Expect a massive amount of carries for Marshawn Lynch over the next two months, as well as a bump in touches for Robert Turbin - and who knows, maybe even second-round rookie Christine Michael will get to suit up for a game one of these days.

The Seahawks' receivers - who have failed to be fantasy-relevant as it is - will take a hit as a result of Okung's injury. Russell Wilson will likely continue to be efficient and post impressive passer ratings, but may not put up the fantasy production that owners were hoping for.
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9/20/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

(Edited by Jess)

This hurts - not only is Okung our best lineman, but there's a pretty big dropoff after him. It's been shaky at best over the past 2 games. These guys are going to need to step it up big time.

Also, it baffles me that there's not more depth at that position, considering this guy is glass. I think last year was the first year he didn't miss time.