Left tackle injuries: Okung, Saffold, Staley

August, 15, 2011
8/15/11
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Three NFC West left tackles are making headlines on the injury front.

Not all the news is bad:
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  • Russell Okung was a limited participant in Seattle Seahawks walk-through practice Monday only four days after suffering an ankle injury that was less serious than initially feared. The Seahawks will not rush Okung back onto the field. His participation in the walk-through stands as evidence Okung is eager to rejoin his teammates. His repeated ankle injuries have been frustrating not only for the team, but also for Okung, who played in 47 consecutive games to end his college career.
  • The St. Louis Rams hope to get left tackle Rodger Saffold back on the field as early as Tuesday. Saffold "tweaked" his back, coach Steve Spagnuolo said. Back troubles slowed Saffold at times last season as well.
  • San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley appeared to injure an ankle during practice Monday. He did not finish practice. Coach Jim Harbaugh barely acknowledges injuries during interviews and has become contentious when pressed for even basic details. League rules compel teams to disclose injury information for any player missing a portion of 11-on-11 team drills beginning next week and continuing through the playoffs. Update: Teams must begin disclosing such information one week prior to the start of the regular season. The Week 2 preseason reference covers media access to practices. Per the policy: "Starting the week prior to the opening of the regular season, clubs are required to designate ... and issue to local media the names of those players who missed any portion of 11-on-11 team or individual work on the specified days noted in the NFL Injury Report policy."

No mention of Levi Brown here. The Arizona Cardinals' left tackle has not missed a game since 2007, his rookie season.

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