Seahawks lose Okung for rest of season

Seattle SeahawksFootballHealthPhiladelphia EaglesLemuel JeanpierreTrent ColePete Carroll

Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, it was learned Friday.

He was injured in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 31-14 victory at CenturyLink Field, and additional tests performed Friday confirmed the extent of the injury, the team said.

Coach Pete Carroll held his day-after news conference before the results of Okung’s tests were available, but he said, “He’s got extensive damage to his (pectoral), it looks like.”

Okung was injured when the Eagles’ Trent Cole grabbed Okung under the arm and flung him to the ground.

“He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly,” Carroll said. “Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it.”

Asked if he thought it was dirty play, Carroll said, “It was a bad play.”

And the Seahawks lost a good player. “Russell played a fantastic football game,” Carroll said. “He had a very-aggressive big game throughout. He’s so much better than he was at anytime last year.”

Carroll stopped short of discussing what the team would do to replace Okung. But during the game, right guard Paul McQuistan moved to left tackle for Okung, with Lemuel Jeanpierre  taking over for McQuistan.

The Seahawks earlier in the season lost rookie offensive lineman John Moffitt for the year with a knee injury and also lost first-round draft choice James Carpenter, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice.

“I don’t want to put this crassly, but it’s not about the guys that you lose, it’s about who’s coming up and who’s stepping in,” Carroll said. “We’ll expect however we configure it, we’ll step to the front."

The team said that despite playing without Carpenter and Moffitt, the Seahawks have rushed for 126, 124 and 174 yards in their past three games and are on a streak of five triple-digit rushing efforts that is the team’s longest since 2005.

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