John McGrath of The News Tribune writes this morning that there’s no replacing Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung, who’s out indefinitely with a toe injury.
McGrath says backup Paul McQuistan should be fine against Jacksonville, but worries about the prospects of J.J. Watt when Seattle plays Houston in two weeks.
McGrath: “There’s a chance Okung could recover in time to prevent Watt from putting on a Sept. 29 chainsaw-massacre in Texas. It’s about the same chance Eminem has of pursuing a career in the TV booth as a college-football analyst alongside Brent and Herb.
A more reasonable timetable for Okung’s recovery is six weeks, which is what Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon needed after suffering a similar injury last year. (Upon returning, by the way, Garcon was not 100 percent.)”
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