Starting LT Russell Okung has a bruised lung that will likely keep him out of Sunday’s game in Arizona for the lead in the NFC West, Pete Carroll said Monday morning. Okung missed the second half of the 17-7 win over San Francisco after he was hit by DT Ray McDonald during the 49ers’ return of an interception on the final play of the first half.
On his Monday radio interview on ESPN 710, Carroll said, “He’s pretty sore now. He got picked off pretty good so going to be a little bit for him.”
Carroll said he talked to Okung Sunday night, saying he was “feeling much better” but “it’s going to be a week or so.”
Backup Alvin Bailey will step in against Arizona, as he did Sunday when the Seahawks offense returned hard to the ground game.
Regarding C Max Unger, who sat out a fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury, Carroll didn’t sound confident about a return.
“We’ve got to wait and see,” Carroll said. “He’s not all the way back yet, so we’ll have to find out how this week turns out yet. Don’t know.”
Lemuel Jeanpierre started his third game Sunday at center and continued to draw praise from Carroll: “Lem did an admirable job.”
Also Monday, NFL.com reported that Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, said the controversial call of roughing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, a penalty that set up the Seahawks’ second touchdown, was wrong. Video here.