Okung would need ‘special recovery’ to play in opener

The Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell Okung to fill the very big shoes of Walter Jones at left tackle. The beginning of the Okung Era in Seattle, though, has been delayed by an injured right ankle for the sixth overall pick.

Okung injured the ankle in the Seahawks’ second preseason game against the Packers, and he was expected to miss two to four weeks.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times observed a light workout by the Seahawks on Monday, noting Okung was on the field.¬†Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said there’s a chance (so he is really saying there’s a chance) Okung could be ready for the season opener.

“If you’ve been around me, I’m always hoping,” Carroll said. “I’m optimistic that there’s a chance, and we’ll hold that out until there isn’t. He’ll do everything he can to get right. It would be a pretty special recovery if he’s able to do that, but who knows.”

Based on the fact Carroll said it would take a “pretty special recovery,” here’s guessing there’s not much of a chance, really.

The Seahawks have used Mansfield Wrotto in Okung’s left tackle spot. Carroll did say that newly signed OL Chester Pitts would travel with the team to Oakland, but he’s not expected to play Thursday against the Raiders.

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