A recap of the day’s activities:
Russell Okung. The team’s top draft choice is back to being questionable after the rookie left tackle got a high sprain of his left ankle in Sunday’s big win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Coach Pete Carroll reiterated today during his weekly day-after Q&A session what he had said Sunday: The injury is to the other ankle, not the right one that forced him to miss 5½ weeks and three starts; and it is not as severe as the previous sprain.
But it’s a concern nonetheless as the Seahawks set their sights on this week’s game in Oakland against a Raiders team that posted a franchise-record point total in blowing out the Broncos 59-14 in Denver on Sunday.
“It’s not nearly like the other one, but we don’t know what that means yet,” said Carroll, who talked with Okung as well as the team doctors this morning. “He’s being treated and medicated right now to see how it responds in the next couple days.
“We’ll just have to wait and see. I think it will be a challenge for him to get back, but we’re just going to wait.”
If Okung can’t play, Tyler Polumbus will step in at left tackle – just as did Sunday and in the first three games. As far as a backup for Polumbus and right tackle Sean Locklear, guard Mike Gibson has gotten some work at tackle in recent weeks and guard Chester Pitts also can play left tackle – when he is ready to play after an arduous return from having microfracture surgery on his right knee last season.
“We have some flexibility, but when you lose another guy depth is definitely a challenge and we’re cognizant of that,” Carroll said.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) and cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) could return to practice by Thursday, Carroll said. Mebane has missed the past two games, while Jennings sat out against the Cardinals.
“It will be a quick recovery if they can make it back,” Carroll said. “But both those guys are thinking they have a chance.”
Fullback Michael Robinson left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Asked about his status for the Raiders, Carroll said, “We’ll see how it goes.”
Slot receiver Brandon Stokley strained an oblique against the Cardinals and Carroll stopped short of saying he will be able to play this week.
Running back Chris Henry was released today, after being signed off the practice squad on Saturday to help on special teams against the Cardinals. Henry was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, released on Sept. 30 and then re-signed on Oct. Oct. 11.
The players had a “Victory Monday” today and they’re also off Tuesday, when the coaches will be putting together the game plan for the Raiders.
Linebacker David Hawthorne will sign autograph at the Qwest Stadium Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks continue to rank No. 2 in the league in rushing defense, despite yielding a season-high 113 rushing yards to the Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals were the first team to rush for more than 88 yards against the Seahawks this season. The Seahawks are allowing averages of 77.5 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry – which also ranks second in the league behind the Steelers (2.8).
YOU DON’T SAY
“This game, after looking at the film, there’s a lot of stuff, a lot of situations in this game, a lot of things that happened that show us there’s so much to learn and so much to get better at. I’m happy to get the win, and play a good, solid football game in a lot of ways. … But we learn a lot. Take a lot out of it. And we’ve got to go to work and get some stuff ironed out and fixed to help us continue to keep growing.” – Carroll
A recap of the day’s activities:
Just how big is big? With a win over the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on Sunday, the Seahawks would be in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
Let that sink in for a moment …
The last time the Seahawks cold make that claim this late in the season was 2007, when they started 5-3 and never trailed or were tied the rest of the way. Also, with a win Sunday they would be 4-2, matching their win total from 2008 and one shy of the number of victories they posted last season.
But getting too carried away with the significance of the moment is a good way to dent the momentum the Seahawks gained with last week’s 23-20 upset of the Bears in Chicago.
Max Unger. The big toe on the left foot of the team’s starting right guard has the Seahawks in a jam as they start thinking about – and preparing for – this week’s game against the Broncos in Denver.
Unger injured the digit early in Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers at Qwest Field, but last year’s second-round draft choice continued to play. Now, it’s doubtful he’ll be able to play this Sunday.
“It looks like Max Unger is going to miss (this game),” coach Pete Carroll said after his first day-after Q&A session with the media. “He hurt his toe early in the game and he just toughed it out. We don’t have conclusive stuff, but it’s going be really, really difficult for him to make it back this game.”