Thursday, December 26, 2013
Okung practices; Kearse, Bryant sit out
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung was a full participant at practice Thursday, which indicates he probably will start Sunday in the regular-season finale against St. Louis.
Having Okung on the field is critical for the Seahawks against defensive end Robert Quinn, who leads the NFL with 18 sacks this season. Okung did not play in the 14-9 victory over the Rams in St. Louis on Oct. 28, a game where Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times. Right tackle Breno Giacomini also was out that game.
Okung has missed eight games this season with a torn ligament in a big toe. He briefly left last weekend's game against Arizona because of soreness in that toe, but appears ready to go Sunday.
Receiver Jermaine Kearse did not practice Thursday because of an ankle sprain, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he expects Kearse to play Sunday. Defensive lineman Red Bryant missed practice with a sore knee.
Receiver Percy Harvin still is not practicing because of problems with his surgically-repaired hip. Carroll indicated Wednesday that the Seahawks could make a roster move involving Harvin if they feel he is not ready to return for the playoffs.