Sept. 9, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) is tended to by medical staff during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Russell Okung, who limped out of yesterday's game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed knee injury, reportedly has escaped major damage and only suffered a bone bruise, reports Jason La Canfora. Okung struggled most of the afternoon - he was called for three false starts as he looked to gain an advantage on the edge against OLB Sam Acho - and could have possibly been called for two or three more that went unflagged. I had seen reports that he was hobbling around even in the first half, so there's a chance he finally went out due to a combination of injuries. Pete Carroll didn't update Okung's status this morning on ESPN's Pete Carroll Show, so we'll have to wait and see just how long he may be out of action.
Okung was replaced by Frank Omiyale late in the game, and though Omiyale fared well on the blind side, the Seahawks could look to shuffle things around going forward, if Okung is due to miss some time. Paul McQuistan saw a good amount of action at LT last season after Okung tore his pectoral muscle against Philadelphia, so they could slide him out to the edge and possibly run with Leumel Jeanpierre, J.R. Sweezy (and put John Moffitt back at RG), or possibly even James Carpenter at LG. This is the main injury to monitor.
Charly Martin suffered a bruised/collapsed lung during the final minute of the game that was apparently serious enough to keep him from traveling home with the team, per Pete Carroll. Carroll noted that Martin would miss a couple of weeks, so the Seahawks' depth at wide receiver gets a little thin with Golden Tate's status still uncertain. Doug Baldwin broke several teeth (seriously, yikes) on that diving catch attempt in the endzone with 42 seconds left. The Hawks do have some options as depth/insurance, including a Ricardo Lockette call-up or a free agent signing - Deon Butler is still most likely on speed dial, as he wasn't picked up by any other teams. Working Evan Moore onto the field more is another likely option, as Moore can play at the X-spot and in the slot.