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Seahawks' injured Okung seeks 2nd opinion on toe

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By Todd Dybas
The News Tribune
RENTON -- Driven off the field with his left foot naked save for a looping ankle wrap, Russell Okung didn't look happy last Sunday.
The news isn't getting better.
Okung, Seattle's starting left tackle, was officially ruled out of the Seahawks' game this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) because of a toe injury.
Okung, voted a Pro Bowl starter after last season, is seeking a second opinion on the injury. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not commit on the severity of Okung's injury or even his whereabouts.
"Let me tell you this, he's in the country," Carroll said.
Carroll says they are working quickly for an answer on Okung, and does not want to speculate on a timeline until they have more information.
"Let's wait until everybody zeros in and the doctors are all figured out on the right thing to do," Carroll said. "He had to travel to get his next opinion. So we will just wait."
Offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, who can play tackle and guard, will start at left tackle in Okung's place. He lined up against San Francisco 49ers menace Aldon Smith last Sunday after Okung was hurt. James Carpenter will replace McQuistan at left guard.
McQuistan is comfortable moving into the mix at left tackle. He was the swing guy last weekend if a tackle went down, so he was already mentally prepared for the position. He gets a full week of practice reps this time.
Two rookies, tackles Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie are also in the mix.
"I think Bowie is definitely ready to play," offensive line coach Tom Cable said. "I think Alvin is right there, so we'll try to see if we can press him over the hump here this week."
There is also a question about guard J.R. Sweezy's availability. He did not practice Wednesday because of a back problem. Neither did linebacker Malcolm Smith, who has a hamstring issue.
Okung's injury hurt Seattle's offense, but the defense gets another boost.
The league's No. 1 defense added defensive end Cliff Avril, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, in last Sunday's game against the 49ers. This week, it appears defensive end Chris Clemons will join the mix.
Clemons was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Clemons tore his ACL in last season's wild card game against the Washington Redskins. His 11.5 sacks led the team in 2012.
"He looked great and I'd expect that he's going to have a really good week this week too and then we would have a decision to go ahead and play him," Carroll said. "The tough part would be to hold him out at this point. I think that he will be that close to ready."
The return of starting cornerback Brandon Browner is less sure. He was limited in practice Wednesday because of his hamstring injury. Carroll said they are going to be cautious with Browner because this is his first hamstring injury and they want to be sure of what he's feeling.
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