Russell Okung was out the second half of yesterday's 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers with a bruised lung but Pete Carroll is hopeful that is all the game action his Pro Bowl left tackle will miss.
During his regular Monday press conference, Pete Carroll said that Okung "feels quite a bit better today" and reacted positively when asked if the blocker could be back this week. "There's always a chance," Carroll said with a smile.
Having Okung back so soon after such a serious injury would be a coup for the Seahawks. Seattle allowed five sacks against the 49ers and seven sacks to the Cardinals in the Week 12 win in Seattle.
Carroll didn't sound particularly pleased with Alvin Bailey's play in Okung's absence.
When asked to assess Bailey's performance, Carroll offered a lukewarm grade.
"He made it through it," Carroll said. "He had some good plays and some bad plays. He did some good things. He struggled a little bit too. He wasn't on his best game but he made it through it and managed to get through the game. It will be a lot better, if he's going to play this week, to get the whole week of preparation - getting all the reps and all that. He's done okay in the past for us at tackle so we're going to count on him to do that - if he's called on to play."
Another player Carroll is hopeful he can call on to play is center Max Unger.
"It's a day at a time now," Carroll said. "The fact that he practiced means that he can practice again Wednesday and we will see how that goes. He's real anxious to get back."
"He wasn't 100% ready or he would played [against San Francisco]. There's still some question."
Lemuel Jeanpierre has played pretty well in Unger's absence. Unger's experience and awareness could prove helpful against Arizona and blitz-happy defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Carroll gives updates on Okung, Unger
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