Appearing to confirm the comments earlier today of Pete Carroll that the prognosis on Russell Okung’s toe may not be all that bad, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting today that Okung has received “encouraging” news and could be headed to a short stint on the IR.
Here’s his Tweet:
Seahawks LT Russell Okung gets encouraging news from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on toe. Likely headed to IR w return designation.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 20, 2013
Being placed on the regular injured list would mean Okung would be out for the year.
However, the NFL a few years ago created the new Designated to Return Injured Reserve list for players who have an injury that will keep them out for a while but not the entire season (the designation recently given to Mark Sanchez, among others).
Specifically, the designation means a player can begin practicing six weeks after being placed on the injured reserve and can return to the field after eight weeks.
So that would apparently mean Okung would be out until a Nov. 17 game against Minnesota, but would obviously be back in time for a playoff run.
Still no official word yet from the Seahawks, but we’ll see if any comes later today.