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Morning links: Okung's back

Head coach Pete Carroll said offensive tackle Russell Okung is prepared to start on Sunday, which should give Seattle a lift up front offensively.

For the first time this season, the Seahawks did not make a move during the week, as Carroll said the team has it’s core group together and is ready to make a run during the final stretch of he season, which pleases veteran safety Lawyer Milloy.

“Our organization has been very aggressive getting guys in here with all the moves that we’ve had,” Milloy said. “And to not only build for the future, but to get us competitive right now. And you’re starting to see it pay off, especially on the offensive side. They’ve had a lot more movement than we’ve had on the defensive side, and you’re starting to see that continuity.

“When you have a lot of moves, you need a little time. And I think we’ve done an outstanding job of dealing with that, playing hard no matter who comes in here, and getting us to the point where we’re at now.”

Clare Farnsworth of says that no matter if people how trouble pronouncing his name, receiver Ben Obomanu is finally in the spotlight as Seattle’s starting flanker.

ESPN's Mike Sando notes that running back Marshawn Lynch's per carry average jumps from 2.7 to 3.7 when Okung is in the game.

Here’s a video preview of the Hawks-Saints matchup.

NFL Playbook breaks down the Saints.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. sticks with his preseason pick of the San Francisco 49ers winning the NFC West.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post says it’s possible that Philadelphia will franchise Michael Vick at $16 million next season in order to keep both Vick and Kevin Kolb.

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that tight end Jeremy Shockey, safety Darren Sharper and running back Pierre Thomas are out, and Reggie Bush is listed as questionable but likely will play.

The Onion provides this spoof of the NFC West, saying the league has dispatched thousands of volunteers, along with $4.6 million to rebuild this dilapidated division (hat tip to our webmaster Ian Swenson).