Denver's Pro Bowl left tackle is out for the season. The Seahawks have to hope theirs is not.
Okung will not play Sunday at home against Jacksonville, coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, and his prognosis is up in the air as he gets a second opinion this week.
It was reported as a torn ligament, and the severity of the tear would determine how long Okung might be out. According to this article on "Managing Turf Toe in Football Players," if it is partially torn, he could miss just a week or two; if it is fully torn, he could miss 4-6 weeks. If he required surgery, he would be out for the season.
The Seahawks are fortunate they face a weak opponent Sunday; it will give the linemen a chance to adjust to playing without Okung.
Paul McQuistan will slide from left guard to left tackle while James Carpenter takes over at left guard much earlier than expected. Line coach Tom Cable also surely will use the game as a good way to get Alvin Bailey and/or Michael Bowie playing time.
McQuistan had big trouble stopping Aldon Smith, the 49ers' top pass rusher, on Sunday; Smith had two sacks against McQuistan.
The Seahawks tried to use tight ends and backs to help McQuistan, and they likely will have to resort to that strategy at Houston and Indianapolis in Weeks 4-5.
It's certainly not the kind of news the Hawks' struggling offense needed in Week 2, especially with quarterback Russell Wilson having taken a lot of hits in the first two games.
Wilson is stoutly built at 5 feet 11 and 206 pounds and never seems to get hit hard even when he does -- except perhaps Ahmad Brooks' blast on a read option handoff Sunday.
"He seems to have a real good sense for kind of going with the hit," Carroll said. "It’s not at all what we want, but we’re fortunate and he knows how to get out of trouble. But he’s just rolling the dice here. So we are hoping to keep him from getting banged.”
With Okung out, that might be a little tougher.