Ankle sprains kept promising left tackle Russell Okung out of six games during his rookie season.
He will miss the final four games of this season after suffering a torn right pectoral muscle Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks manhandled the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Danny O’Neil, Okung becomes the fourth starter the team has lost for the season in the last three weeks.
The injury happened late in a play when Eagles defensive end Trent Cole flipped Okung off his feet while holding his right arm.
"It was really late," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "It was really out of line, unfortunately."
Surgery is required and Okung will need about six months to rehabilitate. Because Okung is the third offensive lineman to go down, the plan to replace Okung isn’t clear yet. Paul McQuistan filled in vs. the Eagles. Jarriel King and Allen Barbre are potential options.
Carroll believes the NFL should look at the play in question for a potential fine against Cole.
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