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



September 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

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Russell Okung's bruised knee relatively good news for Seahawks; Charly Martin's bruised lung? Not so much

RENTON -- A bruised knee isn't a positive diagnosis.

It's just that it's much less severe than the alternatives, which is why the Seahawks breathed a collective sigh of relief after tests confirmed that Russell Okung suffered a bruise in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, not ligament damage.

"He's cleared," coach Pete Carroll said. "We'll see how he comes back Wednesday and Thursday, but we expect him to make it through the week and play."

The injury to receiver Charly Martin was a little more severe as the receiver suffered a bruised lung after he fell hard trying to catch a ball in the end zone on Seattle's second-to-last play of the game. Martin remained in Arizona after the game as he didn't return with the team.

"It was pretty serious," Carroll said of the injury. "He'll be there until at least (Tuesday) if not the next day. We're going to have to take care of Charly and bring him back. It's going to be a couple of weeks for him."

Receiver Doug Baldwin suffered an injury to his teeth, which will require a procedure scheduled for Tuesday.

"He officially got his teeth knocked in," Carroll said. "It was a mess."

Baldwin is expected to be available this week, though.

Carroll said Golden Tate tested his injured knee by running Monday, and could be ready to return this week. Carroll was asked if the team may need to add a receiver after Martin's injury.

"That's a possibility," Carroll said. "We're looking into all that."

Asked specifically about tight end Kellen Winslow, who remains unsigned after the Seahawks released him, Carroll didn't dismiss the question outright.

"Everybody's a possibility at this point," Carroll said.

Guard John Moffitt was inactive for Sunday's game though he had practice the previous two weeks.

"We just felt like it wasn't enough time to get him ready for this one," Carroll said. "This week, he will be ready to go."

Moffitt was a third-round pick out of Wisconsin last year, and he started nine games for Seattle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He missed about three weeks of training camp after undergoing surgery to remove loose particles from his elbow.

Rookie J.R. Sweezy started at right guard. Carroll declined to say how the team plans to work Moffitt into that position this week.

"Wait and see," Carroll said. "See how the weeks goes."


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