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Seahawks LT Okung out for year with torn pectoral muscle

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RENTON, Wash. -- Already saddled with two major losses on the offensive line, the Seattle Seahawks returned from a four-day break Tuesday with even more shuffling to do up front.

The latest changes are the result of left tackle Russell Okung being placed on injured reserve after tearing a pectoral muscle in Seattle's 31-14 win over Philadelphia last Thursday. That made him the third starting offensive lineman to go down in the last month. The Seahawks signed guard Mike Gibson to add depth, but the big changes concern the starters.

Paul McQuistan will move from right guard to left tackle to take over for Okung, Carroll said, while Lemuel Jeanpierre, who started at center earlier this season against Cleveland, will move in at right guard.

"The fact that these guys have been with us and we don't have to go outside the organization and the system to get guys means we're very fortunate," coach Pete Carroll said. "It does speak to the depth that we started camp with, in terms of familiar faces, anyway, instead of having to go some other way. Hopefully this'll work out and we'll be able to keep going."

Okung got thrown by Philadelphia defensive end Trent Cole away from the play inside the final two minutes and after the whistle had blown. Okung underwent tests last Friday when the injury was diagnosed. He and Cole engaged on a run by Leon Washington that went to the right side. On the television broadcast, Okung appears to let up as the whistle blows, then gets flung over Cole's hip and to the ground.

Okung had to be restrained and pulled away from Cole after the game. Seahawks center Max Unger was one of the first players to see what happened.

"It was a bummer, man. It was just a bad play, both sides," Unger said. "I guess we really wouldn't be talking about it unless Russ tore his pec."

The loss of Okung was the third blow to Seattle's offensive line in just a few weeks. They said goodbye to rookies John Moffitt and James Carpenter within days of each other, both due to season-ending knee injuries.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press



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