Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung will miss the remainder of the season.(AP)
In a span of four weeks, the Seahawks lost more than half their starting offensive line.
Left tackle Russell Okung is out for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during Thursday night’s 31-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury requires surgery and six months of extensive rehabilitation, meaning Okung will miss the final four games of the season.
The injury is the third among Seattle’s starting offensive lineman, as rookies James Carpenter and John Moffitt suffered season-ending knee injuries after the Baltimore game two weeks ago.
Okung was injured in the final minutes of the Seahawks’ victory over the Eagles when defensive end Trent Cole grabbed hold of Okung’s arm and flipped him onto his back. Head coach Pete Carroll was none-too-pleased about how the injury occured in an interview on the Brock & Salk Show Friday morning.
“It was a terrible play that happened,” Carroll said. “He got thrown to the ground by a guy after the play was over, away from the pile. I don’t even know who did it, or care who did it. That guy is responsible for hurting Russell in a really unnecessary situation and hopefully the league will take care of that.”
Right guard Paul McQuistan replaced Okung at left tackle, while Lemuel Jeanpierre entered the game to fill in at right guard. Tackles Jarriel King and Allen Barbre are the only other tackles left on the Seahawks roster.