There’s still a chance that left tackle Russell Okung could play Sunday when the Seahawks take on Arizona in an NFC West showdown.
But coach Pete Carroll said it was also too early to really know if he will make it back this week after suffering a bruised lung Sunday against the 49ers.
“He is still in the mix (to play),” Carroll said “He’s going to have some stuff done tomorrow that will let us know where he sits and all of that, so he is not out of the plan yet.” It was not expected that Okung would practice today, however.
If Okung can’t go, then Alvin Bailey would get what would be his second career start at left tackle — he also started earlier this season against the Raiders when Okung was out with a calf injury.
Carroll said Bailey “made it through” the game against the 49ers but that “he can play a lot better.” Carroll said Bailey getting the reps at left tackle this week would help in his preparation as he usually has a pretty multi-position role with the team, also serving as a backup guard. Concentrating on one position would help Bailey this week, Carroll said.
Carroll also said it was still too soon to know if center Max Unger will make it back. Unger has missed the last four games with knee/ankle injuries suffered against the Chiefs Nov. 16.
“Max won’t practice today,” Carroll said. “He had a tough recovery from last week, from Friday’s practice, so he’s going to not be going today. We’ll see where he is tomorrow. Taking it one day at a time now. It’s close enough where we have a chance.”
Carroll said tight end Tony Moeaki, who hurt his shoulder against the 49ers, will practice today but that he remains “one day at a time. He’s got to show us he can play.”
But Carroll said he expects Cooper Helfet to be back “so we have some choices there.” Helfet has been out since the first game against Arizona with a sprained ankle.
Here is some video of the first few minutes of what Carroll had to say today: