Seahawks Wednesday practice report: J.R. Sweezy DNP, Russell Okung limited
RENTON – Wednesday’s practice report revealed both encouraging and potentially concerning injury news for Seattle’s offensive line.
The encouraging news: Left tackle Russell Okung was a limited participant, practicing for the first time since straining his calf 10 days ago. Coach Pete Carroll said earlier Wednesday that Okung took part in the morning walk-through and that he’s “on his way back” after missing Sunday’s game against St. Louis. His limited participation doesn’t mean he’s certain to play Sunday, but it’s a sign that he has a chance to.
The potentially concerning news: Right guard J.R. Sweezy did not practice due to a concussion that had not previously been reported. That means Sweezy is now going through the league-mandated concussion protocol and will have to pass a number of tests before he’s able to resume practicing. His absence Sunday against Arizona would be particularly problematic given the challenges that Arizona’s defense presents with all the pressure it brings.
The other new name on Seattle’s practice report was that of defensive end Cliff Avril (back), who was limited. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill was also limited, practicing for the first time since injuring his toe against Pittsburgh in Week 12.
In addition to Sweezy, defensive lineman Michael Bennett was among the three other players who didn’t practice Wednesday. Carroll said earlier in the day that Bennett was out of town receiving treatment for his lingering toe injury and that his available for Sunday’s game wouldn’t be known until later in the week.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor and tight end Luke Willson were the others who didn’t practice. Chancellor has missed the last two games and most of a third with a bruised tailbone while Willson was sustained a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Carroll said he’s making progress but that his status won’t be determined until later in the week.