Seattle left tackle Russell Okung has a bruised lung and will be sidelined “a week or so,” coach Pete Carroll said today on his regular day-after radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
“He’s pretty sore now,” Carroll said. “He has bruised lung is what he’s got. … got picked off pretty good so going to be a little bit for him.”
Okung was injured when he was blocked by San Francisco’s Ray McDonald on the interception that ended the first half of Sunday’s eventual 17-7 Seattle win.
Carroll said he talked to Okung Sunday night and that he was “feeling much better” and then said “it’s going to be a week or so here” before he can return to the field.
That sounds as if he is almost certain to miss Sunday’s showdown with the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, meaning Alvin Bailey would get the start at left tackle. Bailey filled in for Okung in the second half Sunday.
Carroll also sounded a little pessimistic about the availability of center Max Unger, who has now missed four games with ankle/knee injuries suffered at Kansas City.
Carroll noted that Unger was able to practice some last week but said “we’ve got to wait and see. He’s not all the way back yet so we’ll have to find out how this week turns out yet. Don’t know.”
Lemuel Jeanpierre started his third game Sunday in place of Unger.
— Also this morning, Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said the roughing call on Russell Wilson was incorrect.