Russell Okung is questionable to play Sunday at Dallas, potentially leaving an already struggling Seahawks offensive line without its veteran starting left tackle against Cowboys’ standout pass rusher Greg Hardy and friends.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said following Friday’s indoor practice that Okung “turned his ankle” in practice Thursday. The team originally listed their former No. 1 draft choice as doubtful then amended that after Carroll spoke.
“Greg Hardy over there concerns you anyway,” Carroll said with a wry smile. “We’ll see what happens with Russell. ... He got rolled up a little bit. We will take it to game time. So he will go in questionable right now, so we’ll see. He didn’t do anything today. So we’ll see what happens.”
Carroll said Alvin Bailey would like play if Okung can’t. Bailey hasn’t exactly stood out -- at least not positively -- in his limited fill-in roles so far this season.
The first words Carroll said when asked about Bailey’s play lately were: “Alvin knows our system.”
Far from the most ringing endorsement.
Hardy, listed as Dallas’ right defensive end though he has played on the other side, has three sacks in two games. He made his season debut this month following a four-game suspension from the NFL for a domestic-violence case in North Carolina.
Sunday may be a prime time for Seattle to continue its added reliance on the running game from the previous week at San Francisco. Marshawn Lynch is coming off a 122-yard rushing night at the 49ers, the 29-year-old’s best game since the NFC championship in January. Plus the Seahawks will have No. 2 runner Thomas Rawls back. The Seahawks were concerned enough about his calf injury that they signed free-agent running back Bryce Brown on Tuesday, but Carroll said Rawls has only a bruise and will play at Dallas. The undrafted rookie ran for 104 yards and 168 yards in two games after Lynch injured his hamstring Sept. 27 during the win over Chicago.
▪ Carroll said the team is still debating whether to activate speedy, second-year wide receiver Paul Richardson off the physically-unable-to-perform list on which he’s been all season. Richardson returned to practice this week, nine months after his second reconstructive surgery on his left knee in three years. Carroll has been wowed by how fast and fluid Richardson looks, and quarterback Russell Wilson said this week it should take little time to merge Richardson into Seattle’s passing game. If the Seahawks choose to activate him for Sunday’s game they need to do it by 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday, 24 hours before kickoff, and someone will have to go from the 53-man roster.
▪ Marcus Burley is healthy enough to play Sunday for the first time since surgery early this month to repair a broken thumb. He’s missed the last three games but can play with a cast on the thumb, perhaps as the fifth, “nickel” defensive back on passing downs against Cowboys fill-in quarterback Matt Cassell.
Here is the official injury report for Sunday’s game:
Even though Bryant is listed as questionable, the Seahawks expect Dallas’ All-Pro to play Sunday for the first time since he broke a bone in his foot in Dallas’ opener six games ago. Bryant did 11-on-11 drills in the Cowboys’ practice on Thursday.