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Carroll on Okung: 'Russell's ready to play'

Seattle Seahawks rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung was a full participant this week in practice and appears to be ready for his first regular-season action on Sunday at St. Louis.

Okung will make the trip and likely play on Sunday, but how much will depend on how his ankle holds up after a week of practice, according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

“Russell’s ready to play,” Carroll said. “He did a very good job this week. We’ll see how this day affects him, and we’ll get all the way to game time to make a decision on that.

“But he did a great job this week. I was really thrilled he was able to get all of the work in that he did. He even took some service team work, and took all of the full-speed pass rush stuff against our best guys. And so he is ready to play.”

The Seahawks also made another roster move today, bringing back defensive tackle Craig Terrill because of the uncertainty of Brandon Mebane’s availability on Sunday. Mebane (calf) was a limited participant in practice today and will be a game-time decision.

Terrill said he stayed in shape during his time away from the team after Seattle cut him Sept. 7, and after only a day of practice he will be ready to go on Sunday.

Terrill said the Seahawks contacted him this morning.

“It’s a nice way to start the day,” Terrill said. “There’s been some conversations, so it’s just week to week, so you never know. But I’m glad to be here and ready to play some ball. I knew I was playing good enough football so I’d be somewhere eventually. It’s a long season and I’m glad I’m back here.”

Added Carroll: “It’s great to get Craig back out. He’s a guy that knows our system, knows our ways. He can contribute in special teams immediately for us. He’s a great guy in this locker room and everybody loves him.”

To make room for Carroll, the Seahawks placed linebacker Leroy Hill on the season-ending injured reserve list with a calf/Achilles issue. Carroll confirmed that Hill had surgery on his Achilles this week. Hill was only active for one game against Denver, where he suffered the injury after sitting out the first week because of a game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

For the second time in three years Hill’s season has been cut short due to an injury. He missed the last four games of the 2008 season because of a neck stinger. Hill also missed five games last season with a groin strain.

On the injury front, linebacker Aaron Curry (hamstring) was a full participant and should be ready to go on Sunday. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) was a limited participant and will likely be a game-time decision.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant (ankle) did not practice and will be game-time decision. And Sean Locklear (knee) did not practice but will be ready to play, according to Carroll.

Defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle) was a full participant in practice after sitting out on Thursday. Receiver Mike Williams (shoulder) also was a full participant in practice.

“There’s a couple situations there that we’re going to have to wait all the way until Sunday to figure out what’s going on,” Carroll said.

Carroll also said that WR Brandon Stokley will play on Sunday.

Here's the full injury report.


Doubtful: DE E.J. Wilson (knee).

Questionable: DT Brandon Mebane (calf), CB Marcus Trufant (ankle) and OT Sean Locklear (knee).

Probable: OT Russell Okung (ankle), WR Mike Williams (shoulder), OG Ben Hamilton (knee), DE Chris Clemons (ankle) and LB Aaron Curry (hamstring)

St. Louis

Out: TE Billy Bajema (knee), LB Chris Chamberlian (toe), TE Mike Hoomanawanui (ankle), DE Clifton Ryan (migraines) and DT Darell Scott (ankle).

Doubtful: WR Laurent Robinson (Foot), S Darian Stewart (Hamstring).

Questionable: S O.J. Atogwe (thigh) and RB Steven Jackson (groin).

Probable: S Craig Dahl (head) and RB Keith Toslon (shoulder.