Seattle Seahawks Injury News: Okung In, Kearse Out Vs. Rams


Wide receiver and the offensive line have been positions in flux for a while for the Seattle Seahawks. The team has gone through a lot of bodies on the line while struggling to find consistency and continuity from the receiving corps.  With the regular season down to one last game, the ‘Hawks will play a man down at one of those spots and a man down at the other.

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Russell Okung is back! The offensive tackle will return after missing a game and some practices with a bruised lung. He’s an anchor at an important position, so this is obviously wonderful news. The line is simply much, much weaker without his presence, and adding Okung back to the group will give Russell Wilson more time to work his magic.

As far as receiving targets go, however, Wilson will be a man down as the team has announced that Jermaine Kearse won’t play in the regular season finale. Kearse missed practices all week with a hamstring injury, and what was assumed about his playing status is now official. Bummer, given the team’s lack of depth at the position.

But it’s not like the Seahawks are hosed without Kearse. Doug Baldwin is still the team’s top receiver, and Paul Richardson has been a big plus lately. He’ll get more opportunities with Kearse on the sidelines, and honestly it’s not really all that clear that Richardson is any kind of a downgrade at all.

Baldwin will be target 1a, with Richardson probably in line to get tossed at a bunch, too. Kearse is technically an injured starter, but with Richardson around this will only really sting in the depth sense. If either of those two guys get hurt mid-game we’re probably watching a lot of sprinting Luke Willson.

Oh, and you’re wondering what’s up with Max Unger, I bet. What’s up with Max Unger? He’s “questionable,” officially, but word is he’ll be a game-time decision. It would be nice to get him back, but the Seahawks can survive without him. He makes them better, but they’re so good. Have you noticed how good the Seahawks are? The Seahawks are kind of amazing.

Not a bad injury report, all in all. You’d like to have everyone healthy, but having almost-everyone healthy is really just about as good a deal. The Seahawks are one win away from a first-round bye. That’d be nice. Go get it, ‘Hawks.