Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that left tackle Russell Okung is almost certainly out for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville after injuring his toe against the 49ers.
But Carroll did not specify the injury, nor say how long Okung will be out.
Asked if Okung could have a season-ending injury, he said” I don’t know that yet. There are some options, got to figure it out. There’s a little bit of spectrum here that could come to us with options.”
Asked about Okung playing Sunday he said: “I don’t think that’s a possibility.”
Asked about the report that Okung has a ligament tear in the toe, he said he couldn’t confirm that and that “we are still digging for information what it’s all about don’t know yet. … I know there’s some stuff that happened there and we are waiting to figure it out. If I told you something I’d be making it up.’’
Carroll also was vague on whether the plan would be to again go with Paul McQuistan at left tackle, as was the case Sunday when Okung went down. Another possibility could be rookie Alvin Bailey, who is officially listed as Okung’s backup, though he has yet to play.
The only other injury of note Sunday was suffered by fullback Spencer Ware, who Carroll said suffered a “significant” ankle sprain on the final offensive play of the game. It’s unclear how long he might be out.
Carroll also said cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to return to practice Wednesday “with the intent to play” against the Jaguars, and that Chris Clemons will again practice this week.
Carroll said of Clemons that he might not return this week as they will be cautious not to rush him back, but said “if it’s not this week it’s going to be next week, though, by the way he has worked so well.”
Carroll also said DT Jordan Hill “has a chance” to make it back this week from a biceps injury that has held him out so far.
Here are a few other notes:
— Carroll said QB Russell Wilson got hit pretty good a few times, particularly on one running play. But he said he saw Wilson today and “he was okay. He felt it a little bit, but he was all right.”
— Carroll said he is a little concerned about the overall efficiency of the offense. “Just kind of concerned that we are just not as sharp as we need to be. Addressed it today in terms of details and doing things right. Just not as clean as we want to be, and there is a lot of potential there that we know is ready to be shown. … we ran the ball for 172 yards but I think we can run the ball better. Our production was good but I think our efficiency isn’t hwere we want it to be, too many negative plays yesterday and it hasn’t been as clean as would like.”
— He said penalties have a lot to do with that inefficiency, saying: “I think that has a lot to do with it. We have had the oportiunity to be productive but we have hurt ourselves. … We’ve addressed it consistently but we are not seeing the results that we want, so we’ve got some new ideas we are looking at to see if we can get some cleaner execution and just get out of our own way.”
— Carroll said he was “thrilled” by the play of the defensive line, especially new additions Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril and that the Seahawks “were physically up to the challenge” against the 49ers.
You can watch the first few minutes of Carroll’s press conference today:
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