Seahawks activate LT Russell Okung, cut QB B.J. Daniels
The 2012 Pro Bowl offensive tackle suffered a torn ligament in his left big toe while playing against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the time of Okung's designation two months ago:
"It's a six-to-eight week injury, so we hope it will all work out right for us. He's determined. He's kind of excited about the fact that he has chance to get back this season, as we are as well. So we'll just ride it out and take good care of him."
The fourth-year pro Okung missed the Seahawks’ past eight games, but has been practicing the past two weeks. His return is a huge upgrade for a Seahawks offensive line that has struggled at times this season. Although the 9-1 Seahawks remain a dominant team, the injury-plagued offensive line has led to more pressures on Russell Wilson than any other quarterback in the league this season. Wilson has been sacked 28 times over ten games – which is already looking to contend his 2012 total of 33 – with still six games to play this season.
Okung, a 2010 first-round pick, will be an immediate update over Paul McQuistan, who was moved over from left guard spot to left tackle in Okung’s absence. The Seahawks offensive line will also welcome back right tackle Breno Giacomini and center Max Unger – who are expected to play against the Vikings this Sunday. Giacomini missed the Seahawks’ past seven games with a knee injury. Unger missed last week with a concussion.
To make room for the return of Okung on the active roster, the Seahawks waived third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers on waivers earlier this season.
Daniels initially signed with the 49ers as a seventh-round pick out of South Florida, following the 2013 NFL draft. The rookie earned a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster to start the season by beating out quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace. But the 49ers waived Daniels on 1st October to make room for veteran quarterback John Skelton. However, even Skelton did not last long in San Francisco as he was released only a week later to make room for the team’s current third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, after he was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.
Daniels has not seen regular season action, but he did complete 13 of 31 his passes for 178 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions during the preseason season. The 49ers could re-sign Daniels to the practice squad (after they landed an open spot with the promotion of tight end Derek Carrier to the active roster). But it seems highly unlikely the team will keep four quarterbacks under contract this season.