Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Seattle left tackle has officially been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Dallas with an ankle injury, the only Seahawks’ player whose health is in question.
Initially, Okung was listed as doubtful with a toe injury.
But coach Pete Carroll clarified after Friday’s practice that Okung is actually dealing with an ankle issue and the team then upgraded his status to questionable.
“He turned his ankle yesterday in practice and got rolled up a little bit,” Carroll said. “We’ll take it to gametime so he’ll go in questionable at this point. We’ll have to wait and see. He couldn’t do anything today. So we’ll see what happens.” (You can watch Carroll talk about Okung in the video above).
Okung missed two plays last Thursday against the 49ers, apparently with a toe injury. But Carroll reiterated the ankle injury is new and not related to what happened against the 49ers.
Carroll said Alvin Bailey would “likely” be Okung’s replacement. Bailey started two games at left tackle last year when Okung was out, a home win against the Raiders and a road victory against Arizona, the latter the game when Seattle set a franchise record with 596 yards. Bailey also played the two plays at left tackle against the 49ers when Okung was out (also seeing some time at right tackle in place of Garry Gilliam).
Asked about Bailey and now he played last week Carroll said “Alvin knows our system. He’s the most versatile guy we have. He knows all our spots. So we count on him, he’s got good experience with us. We’re expecting him to do a good job.”
Carroll also noted that the presence of Lemuel Jeanpierre gives the team some added flexibility in that he can play guard and center, which could allow the team to mix and match up front if other changes are needed.
Whoever is the left tackle will have the tough task of generally going up against Greg Hardy,who typically lines up on the right side of the Dallas defense in its base 4-3 formations (he moves around more when the Cowboys go into their nickel).
Carroll said the team would not change the way it will plan or prepare for the Cowboys without Okung.
“Greg Hardy over there concerns you anyway,” Carroll said.
Everybody else for the Seahawks is listed as probable or better, including RB Thomas Rawls, who appeared to be the big question mark entering the week after he suffered a calf injury against the 49ers which compelled the team on Tuesday to sign free agent Bryce Brown to add depth at tailback. Carroll said Rawls suffered only a bruise and was able to practice well on Friday.
“We were hoping that it wasn’t a pulled muscle in there and it wasn’t and once they got the swelling out of it he felt good about it,” Carroll said. “So he’s ready to play.”
Also listed as probable are the likes of DT Jordan Hill, DL Demarcus Dobbs, FB Derrick Coleman and LB Nick Moody, who all have missed the last game or two.
Other than Okung, the other 52 players on the 53-man roster were listed today as full participants in practice.
“We’ll have some decisions to make on gameday, which is really good,” Carroll said of having to cut down to a 46-man roster on gameday.
Carroll said Patrick Lewis is healthy again and that no decision has been made yet on whether Lewis or Drew Nowak will start at center.
The team also will have to make a decision on receiver Paul Richardson, who was able to practice all week after coming off the PUP list on Monday. He is not yet on the 53-man active roster but Carroll said he could be by Sunday, though no decision has been made yet.
“He looked good,” Carroll said of Richardson. “He looked really fast and he had a tremendous return in the sense that he was with the trainers the whole time.. He must have really, really worked hard at it because he looked great out here on the practice field.”