Allen Kim

Seahawks' Russell Okung Headed To Short-Term IR

Created on Sept. 20, 2013 5:40 PM EST

The Seattle Seahawks have placed LT Russell Okung on injured reserve with a designation to return. However, there are no guarantees that Okung even returns when he’s eligible to play again later in the season.

Okung saw Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot specialist, earlier this week to have the partially torn plantar plate in his foot examined. While it’s certainly good news that it isn’t a season-ending injury, as previously feared, he isn’t out of the woods just yet.

This is a significant blow to the Seahawks and their offensive line. Paul McQuistan is replacing Okung in the lineup, and he’s not even remotely close to being able to match Okung in the talent department.

Seattle’s defense is dominating, but their offense leaves a lot to be desired. Coach Pete Carroll will probably continue to lean on Marshawn Lynch and their running game with Russell Wilson struggling to produce in the passing attack.

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