A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 2:
Russell Okung. There is no official word on the severity of the shoulder injury the Seahawks’ left tackle got in Thursday night’s game against the Eagles, but coach Pete Carroll said today that “he’s got extensive damage to his (pectoral), it looks like.”
Okung, last year’s top draft choice, was injured late in the 31-14 victory at CenturyLink Field 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 during his day-after news conference — which was on Friday this week, rather than Monday. “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 will do is Okung is sidelined for an extended period, but during the game, right guard Paul McQuistan moved to left tackle for Okung, with Lemuel Jeanpierre taking over for McQuistan – who is starting because rookie John Moffitt sustained a season-ending knee injury in the Week 10 win over the Ravens. Breno Giacomini has started the past three games at right tackle for first-round draft choice James Carpenter, who got a season-ending knee 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. I think it is a statement about our depth and the development of these guys throughout the ranks – not just the first guys.”
Carroll praised line coach Tom Cable and his assistants, Pat Ruel and Luke Butkus, for developing the depth the Seahawks are leaning on.
“They deserve a lot of credit for developing these guys so that they can step up and we can maintain a good level of performance,” Carroll said. “And we’ll expect to do that again, however we do this thing.”
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.
STAT DU JOUR
Brandon Browner is a yard shy of the club single-season record for return yards off interceptions. But he and record-holder Dave Brown have gone about it in very different ways. Brown got his 179 yards on eight interceptions in 1984, while Browner’s 178 yards have come on four picks – including three in the past two games and two Thursday night. Here’s a closer look at their seasons
Dave Brown Category Brandon Browner
1984 Season 2011
8 Interceptions 4
179 Return yards 178
2 TD returns 1
90 Long return 94
Brown got 148 of his yards in one game, returning picks 90 and 58 yards in a victory over the Chiefs; and had no return yardage on four of his interceptions. Browner had his club-record 94-yard return in the Week 5 upset of the Giants and 68 yards off his two picks on Thursday night.
Well, nothing. At least not until Tuesday, when the players will return from their four-day weekend to begin prepare for the Dec. 12 “Monday Night Football” game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field.
“We’re going to take a break right now,” Carroll said. “We’re going to get a lot of legs break right here. This is a terrific opportunity for us to get fresh and we’ll see where this takes us. But we look forward to the big finish here.”
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“This was really a good game for our program. It was really a complete game and one that we had a lot of fun playing the game and a lot of fun mixing with the crowd. I like that we were able to do it against Philadelphia, which is a team that we hold in high regard. So it was a good night for us, in all ways – offensively, defensively and on special teams.” – Carroll on the win over the Eagles