A recap of the day’s activities:
Russell Okung. Even if the Seahawks’ top draft choice had not missed 5½ weeks because of a high ankle sprain, what he is attempting to do would be a daunting task. Because he missed all that time, it makes his efforts extraordinary.
Okung played 26 snaps at left tackle in the Seahawks’ loss to the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday – his first plays in a regular season NFL game; and first plays – period – since being injured on the opening series of the second preseason game. That was on Aug. 21.
So while other players had moved into regular-season form, Okung was playing catch up – on the run.
Linebacker Aaron Curry can relate, to a point. He was the team’s first-round draft choice last year, and also missed some time during training camp. But not 5½ weeks.
“I think it showed extreme toughness,” Curry said Tuesday after the first of the team’s two bye-week practices. “Russell showed selflessness, and that it’s not about him, it’s about the team. He wants to be able to help the team be successful.
“If that means him going out there with one leg and playing full speed, he’ll do it. I was happy to see him play, for sure, but I’m waiting for him to get 100 percent healthy.”
The bye week will help Okung, who had to leave Sunday’s game because of soreness in his right ankle but was back at left tackle in practice today. Okung, in turn, will help the Seahawks.
“Once he gets healthy all the way, he should be a monster,” Curry said.
The offensive line. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the coaches will use the two practices this week to take longer looks at newer and even practice-squad players. That definitely was the case on the O-line today.
The No. 1 line featured – from left tackle to right – Okung, Mike Gibson, Chris Spencer, Stacy Andrews and Tyler Polumbus. But the No. 2 unit included Polumbus on the left side, Allen Barbre, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Gibson at right guard and Breno Giacomini.
Barbre and Giacomini were signed last week, while Jeanpierre is on the practice squad. He also got some reps with the No. 1 line at center.
The mixing and matching was increased because left guard Ben Hamilton and right tackle Sean Locklear sat out to rest sore knees.
Also, guard Chester Pitts was re-signed, but did not practice because he is continuing his recovery from the microfracture knee surgery that ended his 2009 season while playing with the Houston Texans. To clear a roster spot for Pitts, guard Evan Dietrich-Smith was released.
AND STILL MORE ROSTER MOVES
The big news, of course, was the trade to acquire running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills. To clear a roster spot, running back Julius Jones was released.
The Seahawks also signed a running back to the practice squad: Javarris Williams. He fills the spot that opened last week when Gibson was elevated to the 53-man roster.
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 75 minutes, and among the highlights was rookie wide receiver Golden Tate making an adjustment to come back and around the cornerback to take a pass from QB Charlie Whitehurst.
STAT DU JOUR
Chris Clemons has four sacks to lead the team from his hybrid “Leo” end position, but the spot has actually produced seven of the Seahawks’ 11 sacks. That’s because Raheem Brocks (two) and Dexter Davis (one) also got their sacks while subbing for Clemons.
“That’s what we’re looking for from that spot,” defensive line coach Dan Quinn said. “That’s the challenge – to get guys in the right spots to make plays. So all three of those guys understand what we’re trying to get down there.”
One last bye-week practice on Wednesday, before the players get a four-day weekend.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Yeah, we did and didn’t wind up getting him. We had to play against him and he was very difficult to play against. He was a monster in college.” – Carroll, when asked if he had recruited Lynch while coaching at USC