Sep 222012

He missed last week with a knee injury, but after practicing in full Saturday, it appears the oft injured left tackle Russell Okung will suit up for Monday Night Football against the Packers. Veteran journeyman Frank Omiyale did an admirable job in his absence last week, allowing just 1 quarterback hit on 25 pass block snaps and getting penalized once, but the Seahawks have to be happy that Okung is able to suit for this one. The 6th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Okung will likely see an awful lot of Clay Matthews this week and given the way he’s playing (7 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback pressures), there might not be a tougher matchup in the league at the moment.

The Seahawks would obviously like to get Okung going and healthy. He’s missed a lot of time in his first 2 plus years, but he’s definitely flashed. Playing 23 full games (including playoffs) out of a total 36 possible, Okung has allowed 9 sacks, 8 quarterback hits, 41 quarterback pressures and been penalized 16 times, all on the left side. If he can stay healthy here on out and finally reach his potential, it would be a huge boost for a largely subpar Seattle offensive line. For this week, however, coming off an injury, he’s at a huge disadvantage against Clay Matthews.

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