Okung: ‘Not nearly as bad as it looked’

The word on Russell Okung’s sprained left ankle was better today.

“Russell’s not nearly as bad as it looked,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice at the Seahawks’ training camp. “It’s nothing like the ones he had.”

Okung, the team’s starting left tackle and a first-round draft choice year, sprained his ankle during the first series of Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego. He watched practice today, without a boot on his leg, and was doing toe rises.

He had high sprains of both ankles last season, when he missed six games.

Carroll would not set a definite timetable for Okung’s return, but he did say it’s conceivable that Okung could be ready for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco.

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