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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



August 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

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Russell Okung does have high ankle sprain

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Left tackle Russell Okung did suffer a high ankle sprain, according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He did say it wasn't the worst degree of the injury ever seen, but didn't have a timetable for his return.

"It's day-to-day, I hate to even think week-to-week," Carroll said after Tuesday's practice. "We're going to just keep looking at him as we're going through this. In terms of injuries, I don't think he's missed a game before or even a practice. So he doesn't have any experience of having to come back from something so we'll figure that out as we go."

Carroll did confirm Okung suffered a high ankle sprain.

Okung suffered the injury in the first quarter of Saturday's exhibition loss.

"It's not the worst one we've ever seen," Carroll said. "It's kind of a moderate one. So that's why we're holding out hope that maybe he can get back quickly, but those can be difficult.

"We have to see how it goes for him."

Mansfield Wrotto continued to play that spot during Tuesday's practice, and Carroll confirmed that Sean Locklear will remain on the right side of the line. Jacob Phillips, an undrafted free agent from Belhaven University worked with the second-string line.

Chester Pitts has been activated from the physically unable to perform, and while Carroll hopes Pitts will practice this week, he said it's unlikely Pitts will play Saturday at Minnesota.

"Chester is about ready to get going again, too. So Chester is going to be working at that spot as soon as he's able to take the snaps. We're not sure how long that's going to take right now. That one is truly day to day with Chester, but he's worked really hard to get to this point."

• LB David Hawthorne had a magnetic-resonance image (MRI) taken of an unspecified injury and came on the practice field late. He did not participate.

• DE Nick Reed underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, and while he will miss a couple of weeks, he isn't expected to miss much more time than that.

• TE Cameron Morrah was absent from practice. Asked after practice, Carroll did not specify the reason for the absence.

Finally, in an odd juggling of the depth chart, Ben Hamilton worked exclusively as the backup center while Mike Gibson was the first-string left guard. Carroll said after practice Gibson would be the left guard for this week's game.

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