By Danny O’Neil
RENTON – The news on Russell Okung isn’t bad.
At least not yet.
But it’s not good, either, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll conceded that it’s unlikely his left tackle will be ready to play this week against Jacksonville.
“I don’t think that’s possible,” Carroll said. “We’ll see, though. We’ll see what happens. I don’t think he can make that.”
Okung was injured on the final play of the first quarter Sunday, suffering an injury to the toe on his left foot. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter reported there was damage to a ligament in Okung’s toe and that he was unlikely to play.
While Carroll said everyone is awaiting more information, the coach could not rule out the possibility the injury could be season-ending.
“Don’t know that yet,” Carroll said. “There are some options that we’ll deal with here to try to figure it out. There’s a little bit of a spectrum here that could come to us with options. We need to wait and see.”
Paul McQuistan replaced Okung at left tackle for the final three quarters of Sunday’s game, sliding over to a position he last played in 2011 when he filled in for Okung over the final four games of the season after Okung suffered a torn pectoral muscle.
Rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie are the other backup tackles on the roster. Mike Person – who was the team’s No. 3 tackle when the regular season began – was waived Saturday to make room for defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on the 53-man roster. Person was claimed by the Rams.
In other injury news: Defensive end Chris Clemons will continue practicing and may be ready to play against the Jaguars.
“If it was up to him, he’s playing,” Carroll said. “He’s calling it right now. But he’s got to have a good week of work. Like I said all along, we’re going to take our time to do this right and it might be time, we’ll see. If it’s not this week, it’s going to be next week I would think just by the way he has worked so well in practice.”
Cornerback Brandon Browner – who missed the past two games with an injured hamstring – is expected to practice on Wednesday for the first time in two weeks while rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill has taken a step forward in his recovery from a biceps injury. Carroll said it was possible Hill could be available this week.