Pete Carroll optimistic Russell Okung won't be out too long

As far as ankle sprains go – perhaps even a dreaded high ankle sprain – Russell Okung’s lateteast injury isn’t that bad.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says there is a chance Okung will return in time for the Sept. 11 season opener. He was injured Thursday night in the preseason opener against San Diego and had to be carted to the locker room. Okung suffered two high ankle sprains during his rookie season last year.

While Tyler Polumbus has replaced Okung for the time being, Okung watched practice Saturday without wearing a walking boot, according to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Russell’s not nearly as bad as it looked,” Carroll said. “He’s walking around fine. He’s not in a boot. We’re not talking about how long yet, but it’s nothing like the ones he’s had.

“And so I don’t know if we can call it mild or not, but he was out walking around. And he’s moving, and doing the toe raises and stuff. So he’s way more active than he was at any time early in the other ankle injuries that he had. We’re feeling pretty positive that something’s going to come out, and within the next couple weeks we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

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