The Seattle Seahawks had plenty to be happy about following their 31-14 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, but a late-hit near end of the win might have cost them second-year tackle Russell Okung for the rest of the season.
Okung was locked up with Eagles defender Trent Cole toward the end of a run, and right when the play was ending, Cole flung Okung to the ground while holding his arm. The two players were not directly involved in the play.
Okung told the Seattle Times that he heard something pop on the takedown, and the Seahawks fear Okung could be out for the year with what coach Pete Carroll said was a "significant pectoral injury."
Carroll said after the game that Cole's actions were unnecessary.
"I didn't see the play where they threw him down, but he got hurt," Carroll said via the Tacoma News Tribune. "From what I heard, it was really an unnecessary play that didn't have to happen. You guys will probably see that."
Okung, a first-round pick in the 2010 draft, had started in all 12 games for the Seahawks this season.