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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



December 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Seahawks' Russell Okung out for the year with torn pectoral

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Russell Okung did in fact suffer a torn pectoral muscle, which was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com and subsequently confirmed by the team. That injury requires surgery and extensive rehabilitation and means Okung is out for the remaining four games of the season.

Okung's agent has not returned messages left for him, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at noon there was no final confirmation of the injury. The Seahawks have not made an additional announcement.

The injury is the third to a Seattle starting offensive lineman in the span of four weeks, coming after rookies James Carpenter and John Moffitt suffered season-ending knee injuries in the same week.

Surgery is required to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and the general rehabilitation schedule is six months.

The injury occurred in the final minutes of Seattle's victory Thursday night against Philadelphia when Eagle defensive end Trent Cole grabbed hold of Okung's arm and flipped the Seahawks left tackle over onto his back.

With Okung out, Seattle will have decisions to make at left tackle. Paul McQuistan could move from right guard to Okung's spot, which is how Seattle finished Thursday's game. The Seahawks also have Jarriel King and Allen Barbre on the roster.

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So does this mean Russell has the surgery the day before training camp starts next year? Or does he have it now?  Posted on December 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM by PateraFan. Jump to comment
Cole should be suspended for however long Okung is out for. He should not be allowed to play until Okung is back.  Posted on December 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM by huskyalum2008. Jump to comment
Just watched the video, Okung was dominating Cole, awesome! Cole should be suspended several games for that. His action was worse than throwing a...  Posted on December 5, 2011 at 8:14 AM by Cosmo K. Jump to comment

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