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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Russell Okung's harsh reward in Week 1

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The initial word on Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung: He suffered a mid-ankle sprain and could return for the regular-season opener, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

That means the injury was not the dreaded "high" sprain requiring longer time to recover.

Okung should have a good chance at returning in time for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. His reward for rehabbing: a date with the 49ers' Justin Smith, one of the fiercest 3-4 defensive ends in the league.

The Seahawks had no new information on Okung. The team did confirm its contract agreement with former 49ers receiver Brandon Jones.

Getting Okung back in time for the regular season qualifies as great news for the team given concerns over depth at offensive tackle. Mansfield Wrotto replaced Okung against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. Okung, backup tackle Ray Willis (knee) and veteran guard/tackle Chester Pitts (knee) face injury rehabs.