Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after practice today that offensive tackle Russell Okung had made some strides this week but did not get as far as they had hoped he would come, an indication that the team would likely have to play without the Oklahoma State product on Sunday at Arizona.
“He’s not quite right,” Carroll said. “He didn’t get enough work for us to be all excited about him. He’s close, though”
Okung is listed as questionable on today’s injury report, but Tyler Polumbus likely will get the start for Seattle at left tackle on Sunday.
It would be Polumbus’ fifth start this season, not bad for a guy who was cut by the 2-6 Denver Broncos during training camp.
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“Ever since I’ve called him Troy he’s been pretty good,” joked Carroll, who referred to Polumbus as Troy during the first few days the Seahawks picked him up in a trade with Detroit. “He’s kind of bounced back. He’s really been a significant part of stuff, and his flexibility being able to play on both sides, too.”
Carroll said Matt Hasselbeck was fine coming back from the concussion this week and will start on Sunday.
“I know he’s really pumped up about playing,” Carroll said. “And we’re happy to have him back.”
As far the rest of the injuries for Seattle, defensive tackle Colin Cole (ankle) and receiver Golden Tate (ankle) are out. Although Tate was moving around practice much better today and looks like he could get back on the field next week.
Offensive guard Mike Gibson (ankle) is in a walking boot and is doubtful, along with fullback Michael Robinson. Neither player practiced today.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee), running back Marshawn Lynch (thigh), receiver Mike Williams (finger) and tight end Chris Baker (foot) were full participants in practice and are probable.
Receiver Brandon Stokley (calf) was a limited participant in practice and is probable. And defensive end Raheem Brock (back) did not practice, but is probable for Sunday.
Carroll said the team just decided to rest Tatupu most of this week because he’s a little banged up, but he’ll be ready to go.
“We wanted to just try and manage him and protect him as much as we can,” Carroll said.