Seattle LT Russell Okung Has Torn Ligament In Foot
Adam Schefter first reported Monday that Seahawks LT Russell Okung suffered a torn ligament in his toe during their Week 2 game against the 49ers. Fox Sports’ Mike Garofolo went on to report that it was a partial tear of the plantar plate.
This is the same injury that Redskins WR Pierre Garçon suffered last season, which sidelined him for six games and severely limited him for the rest of the year. Initial reports don’t have Okung missing as much time, but he is almost certainly out for Week 3 and will probably require several weeks to recover. The sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft has never played a full season, although he was a Pro Bowler a year ago.
Paul McQuistan will line up at left tackle and protect Russell Wilson’s blindside in his absence. The veteran, who started all 16 games for the Seahawks last season at left guard, may be a serviceable replacement, but he’s still a sizable downgrade.
This is a big loss, but Seattle has great depth. McQuistan isn't Okung, but he played well enough against the 49ers to give Seattle optimism they'll be okay while the pro bowler recovers.