Russell Okung’s return to lineup remains unclear
Seattle left tackle will miss Sunday’s game against Jacksonville because of his toe injury but coach Pete Carroll says there’s no “(time) range” for his return.
Seattle Times staff reporter
What’s known is that Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is out for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What’s unknown is if he will be out any longer.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that the Pro Bowler was out of the area getting another opinion on the toe he hurt in Sunday’s 29-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN reported that Okung has a torn ligament in the toe but Carroll has said he cannot confirm that.
“I don’t think there is a (time) range,’’ Carroll said. “I don’t think it’s worth speculating on that right now. Let’s wait until everybody zeroes in and the doctors are all figured out on the right thing to do.’’
With Okung out, Paul McQuistan will get the start at left tackle with James Carpenter taking over as the starter at left guard. McQuistan started the first two games at left guard, but moved to tackle Sunday when Okung was hurt, fulfilling his role as the “swing man’’ of Seattle’s line.
McQuistan also started the last four games of the 2011 season when Okung was sidelined.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable said McQuistan “did a really nice job for not taking any snaps’’ at left tackle in practice during the week.
Seattle will also give increased practice time at left tackle to rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, each of whom had impressive moments in the exhibition season but neither of whom has played yet.
“I think Bowie is definitely ready to play,” Cable said. “I think Alvin is right there, so we’ll see if we can press him over the hump this week.”
Clemons, Browner could return
Carroll said it was still unclear if end Chris Clemons or cornerback Brandon Browner will play Sunday. Clemons is coming back from a knee injury suffered last January, and Browner a hamstring suffered before the opener. Clemons was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and Browner as limited.
“Those guys are going to get work on the field today,” Carroll said before practice. “Clemons is going to go at a regular clip just like anybody else. Brandon will be limited until we can see how he’s doing, and then we will have to see how the guys respond and see what happens at the end of the week. I don’t know right now.”
Injured receiver Percy Harvin recently tweeted that he hopes to be ready to go when he is eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list following the sixth game of the season.
Carroll said Wednesday that Harvin is “totally committed to that thought. Whether that happens, I don’t know. But he’s competing exactly the way that we would hope that he would. He’s talking about the very first game that he can come back, he wants to play. I don’t mean to put pressure on him, that’s his attitude and mindset about (it) is exactly what we would hope it would be.”
• Also out Wednesday were FB Spencer Ware (ankle), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), G J.R. Sweezy (back), DT Jordan Hill (biceps) and S Jeron Johnson (hamstring). If Ware can’t play, Carroll said second-round pick Christine Michael could get on the field Sunday.