Saturday, August 21, 2010
OL depth shaky with Russell Okung's injury
By Mike Sando
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks would surely trade that touchdown pass Matt Hasselbeck just threw for a healthy left ankle on rookie left tackle Russell Okung.
Okung's return to the Seahawks' game against Green Bay is doubtful, according to the team. Okung suffered the injury sometime during the team's opening drive. The Seahawks' touchdown -- Hasselbeck to Deion Branch from 11 yards out -- came with Mansfield Wrotto at left tackle on the team's second drive.
Hasselbeck is moving well and he looks good in this game, but losing Okung for any significant length of time would severely threaten what the Seahawks hope to accomplish on offense. Insufficient depth at tackle was a debilitating problem for the Seahawks last season and one reason the team used the sixth overall choice for Okung. Depth at the position is already a concern this season with Okung hurting and No. 2 right tackle Ray Willis out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Shades of 2009 for Seattle? It's a question worth considering, at least.