Posted by Will Brinson
Russell Okung, the Seahawks top draft pick in 2010, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle during Thursday's win over Philadelphia.
The team confirmed the news on Friday evening, and Okung will require six months of rehabilitation, which means if the tackle suffers any setbacks, he could potentially miss some of 2012 training camp.
Okung's injury is the third season-ender the Seahawks have dealt with on the offensive line in the past few weeks, as both James Carpenter and John Moffitt suffered season-ending knee injuries recently.
Not helping matters for the Seahawks is the fact that they believed it was dirty play by Trent Cole that knocked Okung out for the year.
"He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly," Carroll said Friday. "Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it."
In the picture above, via NFL.com's Game Rewind, you can see the play in question: on the bottom left of the screenshot, Okung's being flipped over Cole's right shoulder as Cole ducks down and yanks him by the arm.
The result was the season-ending injury for Okung and it's a shame, because it came with less than two minutes remaining in a game that was most certainly over, on a take-down that, as you can see, wasn't anywhere near the actual action on the play.
Don't be surprised if the league decides to take some action (read: a fine) with Cole. Unfortunately, that won't bring back Okung, who will have missed 10 of 32 possible games by the time he finishes the second season of his career in Seattle.
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