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Friday in Hawkville: Okung practices; status remains game-day decision

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 14:

FOCUS ON

Russell Okung. The Seahawks’ left tackle got his most extensive action of the week today, but coach Pete Carroll said that Okung’s status for Sunday’s home opener against the Cowboys remains a game-day decision.

“He got some work today,” Carroll said.  “We’ll see how he goes tomorrow and how he feels after the work today. We’ll go all the way to game time on that one.”

Okung bruised his left knee on the ninth play of the Seahawks’ final 18-play drive in last week’s season-opening loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Frank Omiyale stepped in for Okung, and continued to work at left tackle in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The left tackle position is even more pivotal this week because of the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware, who had two sacks in Dallas’ season-opening upset of the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. The six-time Pro Bowl linebacker had 19.5 sacks last season.

“They have one of the best (pass rushers) in the NFL that has ever played the game, so we really have to do a great job blocking him – and the rest of the guys as well,” rookie quarterback Russell Wilson said. “They have a lot of talent up front.”

POSITION WATCH

Wide receiver. The Seahawks should have their starters for Sunday’s game, as split end Golden Tate and flanker Sidney Rice practiced today. Tate missed the opener and Rice was limited this week, both because of knee injuries.

“Golden really had a good week. He looked great,” Carroll said. “He came roaring back … he’s ready to go. It’s really pleasing to see that he is such a factor for us. I hope that shows up in the game, as well. He’s just emerged as really one of our better players. Now we need to get that to show up on the field on game day.

“But we can feel it out here. He’s a great catcher. And he’s working like crazy. And he’s really quick. He just looks better than he’s ever looked. So I’m hoping that he’ll be a real asset to our passing game. The catching-and-run stuff that he’s so good at, we’d love to see him do that and be a regular factor.”

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

OPPONENT WATCH

Kevin Olgetree. So, who is this guy? “He’s a guy that’s making a lot of plays,” nickel back Marcus Trufant said.

That, Ogletree is. After averaging 8.3 catches and 98 yards and not scoring a touchdown in his first three seasons with the Cowboys, the former rookie free agent had eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns in Dallas’ opener.

“He’s a good receiver. Fast. Strong. So you’ve got to be on you’re A-game,” Trufant added of the 6-1, 198-pound Ogletree.

INJURY REPORT

The weekly Friday status report, as issued by the team:

Out

WR Charly Martin (chest)

Questionable

OT Russell Okung (knee)

TE Zach Miller (foot)

Probable

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

OG John Moffitt (shoulder)

WR Sidney Rice (knee)

WR Golden Tate (knee)

CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)

DL Greg Scruggs (hamstring)

DL Jason Jones (not injury related)

Moffitt did not practice today to rest a sore shoulder, but Carroll said he will start against the Cowboys. Moffitt was inactive last week because of the surgical procedure he had on his left elbow last month, which caused him to miss the entire preseason.

“He’ll be fine for the game,” Carroll said.

Miller also sat out today. “He practiced (Wednesday) and got some stuff done yesterday,” Carroll said of Miller, who injured a foot in the opener. “We just want to make sure he’s going to be right.”

Jones did not practice today, but it was to rest him, and Carroll said he will play Sunday.

For the Cowboys:

Out

C Phil Costa (back)

S Matt Johnson (hamstring)

DT Jay Ratliff (ankle)

Probable

WR Miles Austin (hamstring)

WR Andre Holmes (knee)

CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder)

RB Felix Jones (ribs)

S Danny McCrary (neck)

RB DeMarco Murray (wrist)

S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion)

LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring)

LB Kyle Wilber (thumb)

TE Jason Witten (abdomen)

With Ratliff, the four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle out, Josh Brent will start.

STAT DU JOUR

On kickoff weekend, 230 colleges were represented on NFL rosters. At the top of the list was USC (44), followed by Miami (37), LSU (36) and Georgia, Ohio State and Texas (35 each).

USC also tops the Seahawks’ roster with three players, along with Stanford and Wisconsin. They have one more player than California, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina State and South Carolina. Here’s a look at players on the roster from those schools:

School             Players

USC                  Anthony McCoy, Malcolm Smith, Mike Morgan

Stanford          Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Evan Moore

Wisconsin       Russell Wilson, John Moffitt, Chris Maragos

California        Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane

Georgia           Chris Clemons, Kregg Lumpkin

Louisville         Breno Giacomini, Greg Scruggs

Michigan         Alan Branch, Braylon Edwards

NC State          Steven Hauschka, J.R. Sweezy

S. Carolina       Sidney Rice, Lemuel Jeanpierre

UP NEXT

The players will have a walkthrough on Saturday, their final on-field session before Sunday’s home opener on Alumni Weekend.

SIDELINE SPECTATORS

Four former NFL players watched today’s practice: Walter Jones, the Seahawks’ nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle whose number was retired in 2010; Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, the analyst for radio broadcasts of Seahawks game; and former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston and ex-Colts and Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who will work the telecast of Sunday’s game on Fox along with play-by-play man Kenny Albert.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world, besides college. I’ve been here my whole career. I’ve heard the crowd get louder and louder. Even on down seasons, I’ve seen the fans pack the place. And I appreciate them. There isn’t another place in this country where I’d rather play football.” – veteran linebacker Leroy Hill on returning to CenturyLink Field and the 12th Man crowd


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