Okung's absence an issue in Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks originally hoped to have left tackle Russell Okung back for the season opener.

The rookie first-round draft pick suffered a high ankle sprain in the second preseason game vs. Green Bay on Aug. 21. Coach Pete Carroll painted an optimistic picture and the team held out some hope.

Now, Okung will not be in uniform when the season begins Sunday in a game vs. the division rival San Francisco 49ers. And the Seahawks don’t have a timetable yet for the return of Okung, leaving some question marks about their offensive line.

Okung has not returned to the practice field and at this point Week 2 might be in jeopardy.

“We're going to try and do more with him next week. We'll try to run him next week," Carroll said, according to the Associated Press. “He's done a great job in rehab and he is real anxious about it, as you can imagine. We'll see where he is next week."

Offensive line coach Alex Gibbs quit the team last week and it appears Seattle will choose between Tyler Polumbus, just acquired in a trade from Seattle or Chester Pitts, a career guard, at left tackle.

All the while, they’re hoping Okung is back sooner rather than later.

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